To understand Haitian art, it is important to learn about the country’ s history

As the title of this blog post suggest, we are taking a short break from posting Haitian artwork to learn about the country’s history. Learning about a country’s historical background allows for a better understanding of the origin of its art and its influences. Arawak, Spanish, French and African all played key roles in the country’s troubled past and in the process elements of their culture, beliefs and traditions helped shaped what we know today as the Haitian culture. Narrating such a rich history even at a high level can be a daunting task. Fortunately, we found online a short video that summarizes the main points of the country’s past and will help you understand where Haitian art finds its influence.

Video Courtesy of New Missions