Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage, Memory, and Identity in Brazilian Quilombos

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2018 - Blacks - 167 pages

Deeply Rooted in the Present is a brief and engaging ethnography that illustrates the ways in which memories, knowledge, and experience are transformed into cultural heritage. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and historical research, the book uses a Brazilian quilombola community (descendants of enslaved Africans) as a case study. In exploring what it means to be a Quilombola in the twenty-first century, it demonstrates how heritage and identity do not simply exist, but are continually being made and remade according to the social, cultural, and political needs of the present. The book encourages readers to make connections between this particular Brazilian quilombola community of traditional pottery makers and their own heritage.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Slavery Quilombos and Land
19
From Enslavement to Quilombolas
45
Quilombola Identity
73
Conclusion
93
Further Reading
105
Supplementary Exercises
125
References
131
Index
161
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Mary Lorena Kenny is Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University. She is the author of Hidden Heads of Households: Child Labor in Urban Northeast Brazil (2007).

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