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Through a revolutionary ethnographic approach that foregrounds storytelling and performance as alternative means of knowledge, Situated Narratives and Sacred Dance explores shared ritual traditions between the Anlo-Ewe people of West Africa and their descendants, the Arará of Cuba, who were brought to the island in the transatlantic slave trade.

The volume draws on two decades of research in four communities: Dzodze, Ghana; Adjodogou, Togo; and Perico and Agramonte, Cuba. In the ceremonies, oral narratives, and daily lives of individuals at each fieldsite, the authors not only identify shared attributes in religious expression across continents, but also reveal lasting emotional, spiritual, and personal impacts in the communities whose ancestors were ripped from their homeland and enslaved. The authors layer historiographic data, interviews, and fieldnotes with artistic modes such as true fiction, memoir, and choreographed narrative, challenging the conventional nature of scholarship with insights gained from sensorial experience.

Including reflections on the making of an art installation based on this research project, the volume challenges readers to imagine the potential of approaching fieldwork as artists. The authors argue that creative methods can convey truths deeper than facts, pointing to new possibilities for collaboration between scientists and artists with relevance to any discipline.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title, Title, Copyright, Dedication, In Memoriam
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Note on Spellings
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  1. Note on Authorship
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Introduction: Unfolding Layers
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part 1. Situated Narratives, Embodied Memories: Living Oral Histories
  1. 1. Theories and Methods of Artists Performing Fieldwork
  2. pp. 13-21
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  1. 2. The Trouble with Arará, or All Things Religious Belong Together
  2. pp. 22-35
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  1. 3. Perico and Agramonte: Sensorial Stories
  2. Jill Flanders Crosby
  3. pp. 36-47
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  1. 4. Perico
  2. Jill Flanders Crosby and Melba Núñez Isalbe
  3. pp. 48-63
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  1. 5. The Rememberer
  2. JT Torres
  3. pp. 64-75
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  1. 6. Agramonte
  2. Jill Flanders Crosby
  3. pp. 76-90
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  1. 7. Becoming History: The Many Lives of Justo Zulueta
  2. pp. 91-110
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  1. 8. The Notebooks
  2. JT Torres
  3. pp. 111-123
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  1. 9. French Gods and the Awán: Narrating Armando Zulueta
  2. Jill Flanders Crosby
  3. pp. 124-143
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  1. 10. Dzodze: Dancing with Dashi
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  3. pp. 144-167
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  1. 11. Adjodogou: In the Land of Vodu
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  3. pp. 168-182
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  1. 12. Acts of Storytelling
  2. pp. 183-186
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  1. Part 2. Secrets Under the Skin: Sensing the Moment at the Intersection of Art and Research
  1. 13. Narrating the Secrets Under the Skin Installation
  2. Jill Flanders Crosby
  3. pp. 189-203
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  1. 14. The Artist's Accidental Proof: The Palm Frond and the Wood Block
  2. Susan Matthews
  3. pp. 204-210
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  1. 15. Photographic Insights: Ceremonial Ritual in Ghana and Togo
  2. Brian Jeffery
  3. pp. 211-214
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  1. 16. in listening/in response
  2. Marianne M. Kim
  3. pp. 215-219
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  1. 17. Witnessing and Sensing Stories
  2. Melba Núñez Isalbe
  3. pp. 220-224
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  1. Conclusion: Participating in Metaculture
  2. pp. 225-230
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  1. Afterword
  2. Jill Flanders Crosby
  3. pp. 231-233
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  1. Appendix A. Cast of Characters and Family Trees
  2. pp. 234-240
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  1. Appendix B. Maps and Legends for Perico and Agramonte
  2. pp. 241-245
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  1. Appendix C. Select Arará Chants/Cantos as Currently Sung by Lazarita Angarica Santuiste in Perico, Cuba
  2. pp. 246-250
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  1. References
  2. pp. 251-260
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 261-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-272
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781683402404
Related ISBN
9781683402060
MARC Record
OCLC
1202732561
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2021-05-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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