Culture of Tenerife
The modern day Canarian people live by the maxim of “culture without servitude”.
Culture in Tenerife
Although the Spanish Constitution fully applies to the islands, the Canarian people, as an expression of their unique identity, exercise their right to self government and as such have established themselves as an autonomous community.
This administrative independence is a sign of the Canarians’ intrinsic free spirit and reflects their fierce determination to remain outside the restraints of the wider European Community.
Indeed, political activists like the Popular Front for the Independence of the Canaries vociferously “denounce the persistence in our times of economic exploitation, social and cultural uprooting and colonial domination that Spain exerts on the Canarian People”.
However, for many Canarians this fundamental free spiritedness manifests itself in a more benign way with the celebration of a heritage and folklore that paradoxically has more than a modicum of Spanish influence.
Style of Culture
Since the sixteenth century the Canary Islands have been subjected to a multitude of outside influences that go a long way to explaining the eclectic nature of their culture and customs.
However, this fragmentation is of course held together by the insularity which permeates all things Canarian.
The architecture, literature, artwork and music of the islands often has its roots in the style of another culture but is expressed in a manner that does not conform to the rigid orthodoxy of its donor society.
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