Haiti is a tropical and semi-arid Caribbean country occupying the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. The country’s name comes from the Taino word “Ayiti” meaning “Land of Mountains”. Haiti is the second oldest independent nation in the Western Hemisphere, after the United States. Gourds were historically so important to the Haitian people that the modern Haitian currency is called gourdes. Gourds from Haiti like those in stories and poems