The Creoles of Santiago de Cuba

Tired from my own walking tour in Santiago de Cuba, I sat down on a bench at Plaza de Dolores. Out of nowhere, these Creoles showed up, sat on the opposite bench and got ready to play their music. However, they seemed restless. Their eyes were wandering around for a sight of police officers. In the middle of their very first song, the uniformed men they dreaded to avoid came behind them and told them to stop. The group leader showed the police a piece of paper (perhaps, a permit) but to no avail. Negotiating was out of the question. They were forced to evacuate the area and when one officer started to pick up one of their things, they all stood and decided not to argue. But, before they left, I quickly dropped two CUC in their tiny basket. The little girl smiled and said something foreign. Perhaps, that was a “Thank You,” in Creole language.

Creoles are people of mixed European and African descent, especially in the Caribbean. I was told that most of the Creoles in Cuba are from Haiti whose forefathers used to work during the glory days of Cuba.

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The Creoles of Santiago de Cuba

The Creoles of Santiago de Cuba

The Creoles of Santiago de Cuba

The Creoles of Santiago de Cuba

Creoles of Santiago Cuba

The Creoles of Santiago Cuba

The Creoles of Santiago de Cuba

Creoles of Santiago Cuba

Creoles of Santiago Cuba

Creoles of Santiago Cuba

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  1. Francois
    July 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM #

    My ancestors were Creole. It’s my regret I don’t speak the language but I love the food. From your story, I have the feeling that Creoles in Cuba are being discriminated?

    • July 24, 2014 at 8:25 PM #

      I think minorities are always discriminated. ;)

  2. Michael
    July 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM #

    I tried to sit in Parque Cespedes twice. And those touts didnt understand that I just wanted to relax and enjoy my surroundings. The asked me what to do in the afternoon, evening and the next day—and they’d recommend this and that. It annoyed me. There’s no peace in that area. That guy using the “terrorist” line? He did it to me, too.

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