Caribbean Cultural Explosion

Posted on May 4, 2013 in Archives, Events | 0 comments

Caribbean Cultural Explosion

The Society of Friends of the West Indian Museum of Panama (SAMAAP)  informs that the concert scheduled for next Sunday, August 11, 2013, has been cancelled for reason completely beyond their control. The steelband Flabej Now Ensemble and the dance troupe Rhythmic Vibrations and the Fashion Entrepreneurs from Trinidad & Tobago will be featured. Tickets are on sale for $15 adults and children 12 and over. Children less than 12 years, $10. For tickets and more information contact any member of SAMAAP, Ines...

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XXXII West Indian Fair 2013

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 in Archives, Events | 2 comments

XXXII West Indian Fair 2013

SAMAAP (the Society of Friends of the West Indian Museum) celebrated its 32nd “Gran Feria Afroantillana” on February 9th and 10th, 2013, at “Mi Pueblito Afroantillano,” which is a City Monument to the black immigrants who came to Panama for the construction of the Transisthmian Railroad and the Panama Canal. “Mis Pueblitos: Encuentro de Tres Culturas” is located on Ancon Hill with access from Avenida de los Mártires (formerly known as 4th of July Avenue), and it is dedicated to the Panamanians of indigenous,...

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Panama Canal 98th Anniversary Gala Event

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Archives, Events | 3 comments

Panama Canal 98th Anniversary Gala Event

The gala event commemorating the 98th anniversary of the Panama Canal was held at 7 pm on Friday August 18 at the Salon Grand Baru Hotel Sheraton (near the Convention Center ATLAPA). With over 400 attendees, this well organized formal event was a success. We thank you for your continued support to these events that promote our cultural heritage.         The event is in honor of the following people: Dress semi-formal (coat and tie). Presale tickets to August 4 $ 40. Price from 5 to August 11 $...

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The Gold and Silver Roll

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 in Archives | 1 comment

The Gold and Silver Roll

The appellative “Silver” comes from the Gold and Silver Roll system implemented by the American administrators of the Canal Zone in 1904 and enforced by the American government from the very beginning of what is historically known as the American Construction Era of the Panama Canal Zone which spanned the years 1904-1914. The silver roll, a not so-subtle form of racial segregation that flourished during the canal’s construction from 1904 to 1914 and persisted long after. Those on the silver roll were paid low...

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Black Ethnicity Day Celebration in Panama

Posted on May 30, 2010 in Archives, Historic News | 0 comments

Black Ethnicity Day Celebration in Panama

The fact that Black Ethnicity is being celebrated yearly on the 30th of May in Panama has now a permanent place in our culturally diverse country. There is, however, a special history behind the development of the recognition of our ethnic identity which for so long was denied. The person responsible for the events being celebrated until now hailed from the Province of Chiriqui and the historical background behind the celebration of this national holiday has made it possible to highlight the abolition of slavery...

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