". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This AM I managed to uploaded 20 of my own Cuba photos to the Travelers' shared photo site.

Mine are the ones with --duh -- my name on them.

This is my personal favorite, "el tractor y los platanos", taken on the tabacco farm, which grows all kinds of food, as well as some coffee, pigs, chickens, cattle, horses, etc.  There were also cats and parrots. The hand of bananas is hanging from the banana tree on the right foreground.

along with "el tractor y la gallina" -- this hen could not stop cackling the news she'd laid an egg -- I tracked her down by her incessant shouting the news to the world.

However, this one is el V's favorite of the photos I took, "Fire Tuning los tambors de Yuka."  The Christmas Canon G-whatever is so good!  It captured not only the smoke, but the transparency of the flames in front of the drummer's hand.

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