|Latino Music ¡Mi Musica: Colombia, Panamá, and México!|
Further waves of immigration occurred during and after both World Wars and, most significantly, in the late 1980s and 90s. At that time immigrants from México as well as Central America and South America came to Iowa, often via California and Texas, to work in packing plants and the businesses that grew to serve a burgeoning Latino community. The demographics of small towns and cities such as Muscatine, West Liberty, Marshalltown, Waterloo, Des Moines, Perry, Ft. Dodge, Postville, Storm Lake, Council Bluffs, and Sioux City have changed dramatically since then. A variety of restaurants, tiendas (food markets), pastelerías (bakeries), tortillarías, clothing stores, churches, and community centers have contributed to the diversity in Iowa. Community festivals around the state
provide a way for Latinos and Anglos alike to enjoy a variety of traditional music, food, dance, and more. TOP
Text by Riki Saltzman. Photos by Riki Saltzman, Will Thomson, and Karen Heege. Photos of Calle Sur, Latino instruments, and panpipes courtesy of Calle Sur. Photo of Los Llaneros courtesy of Los Llaneros.