The ABC's of Culture

The Bahamas

By: Devon Goldstein

Listen to paragraphThe Bahamas are in North America. The many islands are surrounded by Cuba, Jamaica, The United States, and the Atlantic Ocean.


- most families have between 6 to 10 children and are now trending towards 2 to 3 children

- so many women are raising their families alone, that the grandparents care for the children too

- it is common for men to cheat on their spouses

This is a family that is enjoying themselves on one of many beaches in the Bahamas.


- pop music from the United States is listened to the most, but traditional Bahamian music is popular too

- they have drums, cowbells, maracas, and tambourines made of goat skin to use

Listen to paragraph - they sing and dance at the New Year's festival called Junkanoo, churches, and other celebrations

Listen to paragraphThis is the New Year's celebration, the Junkanoo. This is the New Year's celebration where people gather to celebrate the New Year and enjoy the music.


- 91% of people are African, 5% is European, 2% is mixed, and the remainder is Asian and Hispanic

- the total population is 321,834 people, the growth rate is .87%, and the urban population is 85%

- the middle class is very big and the other classes are pretty small

The Bahamas has a small population and many different types of people.

X marks the spot

- in June through September the temperature is 88 degrees, and in January through February the temperature is 77 degrees

- islands are surrounded by clear waters filled with coral reefs

n- Mount Alvernia on Cat Island in the Bahamas is only 206 feet above sea level

This is one of the many beaches in the Bahamas. It is one of the pink sand beaches too.


- Breakfast is usually grits with eggs, beef, corn, or sausage. Lunch and dinner are steamed or fried rice with peas'n'rice

- Chicken is the most popular meat in the Bahamas

- Some favorite dishes include: pea soup and dough, crabs and rice, and stuffed crab

This is a conch shell. Most of the Bahama's food comes from the sea.


Principal #3 says that you learn or inherit your culture from the people around you. In the Bahamas, when the father of the family leaves, the grandparents come help the mom teach the children. They learn from their family and friends because they don't have a father to help them. Also principal #2 says that culture gives everyone a set of rules that they must follow. The government gives the Bahamas a list of rules just like in the United States. When they break the rules, there are consequences.

"Take away"

From this culture unit I have taken away the trait of equality. No matter what culture or religion you follow, no one should be treated in a bad way. This unit has helped me understand and see that more clearly as well as to know that everyone is the same. People shouldn't judge someone by how they look, dress, or act. Learning about culture and religion is like putting yourself in someone else's shoes and seeing what others have to go through and experience throughout their lives. This unit helped me become a better me!


"Bahamas." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2015. Web. 4 Jun 2015

Map Image - Map of The Bahamas. Illustration. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 Jun 2015.

Family Image - A family watches the sunset over Lake Huron at Sauble Beach. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 Jun 2015.

Jammin' Image - Junkanoo Festival. 2004. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2015. Web. 4 Jun 2015.

Population Image - Group of tourists on beach, Western Esplanade, Nassau, Bahamas, West Indies, Central America. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 Jun 2015.

X Marks The Spot Image - Pink Sands Beach at dusk with a person in the distance, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, The Bahamas, West Indies, Atlantic, Central America. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 Jun 2015.

Yum Image - Conch Shells. 2006. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2015. Web. 4 Jun 2015.

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