Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2010 - Social Science - 448 pages
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Thirty-five years into his research among the descendants of rebel slaves living in the South American rain forest, anthropologist Richard Price encountered Tooy, a priest, philosopher, and healer living in a rough shantytown on the outskirts of Cayenne, French Guiana. Tooy is a time traveler who crosses boundaries between centuries, continents, the worlds of the living and the dead, and the visible and invisible. With an innovative blend of storytelling and scholarship, Travels with Tooy recounts the mutually enlightening and mind-expanding journeys of these two intellectuals.

Included on the itinerary for this hallucinatory expedition: forays into the eighteenth century to talk with slaves newly arrived from Africa; leaps into the midst of battles against colonial armies; close encounters with double agents and femme fatale forest spirits; and trips underwater to speak to the comely sea gods who control the world’s money supply. This enchanting book draws on Price’s long-term ethnographic and archival research, but above all on Tooy’s teachings, songs, stories, and secret languages to explore how Africans in the Americas have created marvelous new worlds of the imagination.
  

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Contents

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The Soldiers Charm 0000800
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Sea Gods 00000000
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DúnguláliÓbia 00000000
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The Beach at Cocks Crow 04092000
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Night of the Cats 06212000
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End of the Road 06202000
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Tooy Possessed 20002006
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Antamá the ÓbiaMan 17711800
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Chronology 19331970
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My FirstTime Museum 16902007
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The Trial 02202002
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Grounds for Appeal? 0220200203012002
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The Prison 0220200206022003
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The Wetlands at Kaw 07152004
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Tembáis Village 198105282005
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Enstoolment 06302001
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Mother Africa 16901712
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New World Beginnings 1712
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The Pink House 0508198606071997
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Gweyúnga the Rain Priest 16901754
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Antamá at War 01201753
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The Soldiers Tale 10051939
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Thunder Axes 00000000
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Master of the House 06222000
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Storm Clouds 07082001
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Sex Magic and Murder 062120011754
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Friction 0524200007062004
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Sángono mi tóala 17601763
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The Namesake 18481931
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Frenchwomans Revenge 19202005
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Tampáki 19002005
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Palimpsests 16041837184118632001
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Fleeing Trumps Standing 0418200505302005
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Politics 0418200505302005
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Tooy Teaching IMostly Luángu and Púmbu 0418200505302005
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Tooy Teaching IIMostly Papá 0418200505302005
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Tooy Teaching IIIKomantí Wénti and More 0418200505302005
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Dúnuyángi Takes Over 0418200505302005
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Goodbyes 05302005
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Knocking the Stone 1114200512142005
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Reflections from the Verandah 01012007
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Esoteric Language
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Dramatis Personae
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Notes
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Bibliography
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Acknowledgments
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Illustration Credits
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About the author (2010)

Richard Price is the Duane A. and Virginia S. Dittman Professor of American Studies, Anthropology, and History at the College of William and Mary. He is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including the award-winning Alabi’s World.

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