Kanaval: vodou, politics and revolution on the streets of Haiti

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Soul Jazz Records, Jun 30, 2010 - Performing Arts - 160 pages
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Voodoo, sex, death and revolution are the main ingredients of the street theatre carnival of Jacmel, Haiti, where the men wear drag, black up, wear cow horns, throw lassos and dance with snakes in their mouths. In Haiti, carnivals offer an opportunity for people to come together-to hang out, sing, dance, laugh and to generally let go. Light years away from the government- sponsored, tourist inspired carnival floats of so many other cultures, the Haitian carnival is particularly notable for its more sober political dimension, as a venue for Haitian peasants to discuss local politics, or older, nagging, historical problems dating back to the slave revolts-and as an occasion to commune with ancestors both personal and historical. With oral histories from participants, "Karnaval" is a fascinating combination of photography, cultural analysis and anthropology.

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Leah Gordon is an English photojournalist who has visited Haiti many times. In addition to co-producing and directing a TV documentary on Haiti, she has written articles for many newspapers and magazines.

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels and two short story collections. "All Souls' Rising "was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award and the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award. It won the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for the best book of the year dealing with matters of race. He has written essays and reviews for "Harper's", the "New York Review of Books", the "New York Times Book Review", the "Village Voice", and many other publications.

Richard Fleming is a teacher of philosophy and humanities. He has received numerous teaching-excellence awards. Recent teaching-seminars include: "Reading the "Philosophical Investigations"-Remark by Remark," Duke University, 2008-2009; "Cage: Experimentation, Chance, Silence, Anarchism," Fusion Art Exchange, New York, 2007-2008. His writings on ordinary language philosophy include: "The State of Philosophy" (1993) and "First Word Philosophy" (2004).