Symbolic of our heritage and history, 'Jamaica culture', as I shall call it, was fashioned around the mixture and influences of our many peoples.
Our motto "Out of Many one People" perhaps provide the perfect definition and insight into our culture.
We boast a rich blend of African, European, Chinese, Indian and some middle eastern cultures. Of course the early Taino settlers played a pivotal role in our culture as well.
Many of our foods today, for example, are prepared similar to the way it was prepared by the eary Taino settlers then.
The concept of 'Jerk' as well as cassava preparations were inherited from this friendly tribe that inhabited Jamaica then.
By the way, the name Jamaica came directly from them, who called the island 'Xaymaca' meaning 'the land of wood and water'.
The areas of Dance, Music, Folklore, Religion and Language have benefited tremendously from this amalgamation of cultures.
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission organizes the cultural activities of the country.
They also host several yearly competitions in the arts. During our annual independence celebrations, displays and exhibitions in these areas form part of it.
The Jamaican art movement goes back to the early part of the century. Today, many Jamaican artists are internationally acclaimed.
Among these are the late Edna Manley, who emerged as a visionary mother of art in Jamaica.
All of whom have made significant impact on the Jamaican culture.
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