Solentiname, the other paradise. The Nicaraguan islands of revolution and craftwork


On a remote island in the center of Nicaragua, heart of Central America, lives a community of artisans, surrounded by freshwater, wild nature and marked by a revolutionary past.

Their roots have to be searched in the dictatorship the country suffered in the forties and fifties from the hand of family Somoza, heir of a political dynasty without scruples. Back then, Nicaragua was immersed in a deep social, economical, and humanitarian crisis due to chaos, fear and slavery. Solentiname was a secluded territory; inhabited by peasants that hadn´t been touched directly by the violence of dictatorship, but who felt the suffering the country was undergoing. In 1975, with the arrival of the priest Ernesto Cardenal, Solentiname would change the history of the Nicaraguan history. He urged the proletarian class to take up arms in order to overthrow and liberate the oppressed, establish a democracy and develop craftsmanship and primitivist art, creative example of its people splendor.