All Around This World’s exploration of Latin America includes sing-along, dance-along classroom and homeschool lessons about Chile for kids . . . Meet the world through music –“come to class” with Jay.
This week in music class we go south south south with an exploration of Chile for kids. Chile is a 4000 mile long, 100 mile wide strip of stunningly beautiful land that runs like a ribbon along half of South America’s western/Pacific coast. To meet it in class we sing, we dance, we sing some more . . .
— OVERVIEW: “In the mid-1500s when Spanish conquistadors ‘discovered’ Chile they also discovered tens of thousands other people who already lived there . . .”
— MUSIC: “Chile’s traditional music is a mix of Andean melodies, Spanish tones and the rhythms and inflections of Africans the Spanish conquistadors brought with them as slaves . . .”
— LANGUAGE: “While most Chileans speak Spanish — ‘Chilean Spanish’ to be exact, full of “Chileanisms” — several hundred thousand Chileans of Mapuche origin, mainly from the Central Valley, still speak other languages, like Mapudungun . . .”
— IMAGES: “After even a quick glance at the Flickr.com Chile slideshow how could you not dream of visiting a land with such stunning natural beauty . . . ”
— THE CUECA: “The ‘national dance’ of Chile is the cueca, an exuberant mix of Native American, African and Spanish influences, in which two dancers simulate the courtship of a rooster and chicken . . .”