African Diaspora Links
What is the African Diaspora?
The forced and brutal dispersal of millions of Africans
into foreign lands during the African Slave Trade created the African Diaspora:
the global community of Africans and their descendants
living outside the African continent.
Mapping Africa: Africa
and the Diaspora Movement
(Kennedy Center's African Odyssey Interactive) with text & clickable maps: http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/aoi/resources/hg/ae-map.html
Timelines Part III:
African Slave Trade & European Imperialism, 15th - early 19th centuries
(Cora Agatucci, HUM 211, Central Oregon Community College)
African Diaspora links (Columbia Univ):
Africana Library: Links to Caribbean Studies Servers (Cornell Univ. Libraries):
African Music Encyclopedia: Music from Africa and the African Diaspora (Janet Planet), presents photos and biographies of musicians, glossary of African styles of music, list of distributors: http://africanmusic.org/
...Related African links: http://africanmusic.org/links.html
African Traditional Religion (maintained by Chidi Denis Isizoh):
African Traditional Religions - WWW Links (Ian Ritchie, McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies)
Afro-Caribbean Musics (Fabrice Gaillard, 1994-1999):
...searchable, e.g., by Caribbean country: http://www.mediaport.net/Music/Pays/index.en.html
Afropop Worldwide, information & resources related to PRI's (Public Radio International) weekly series showcasing the contemporary musical cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe: http://www.afropop.org:85/
...and visit Milennium Stage - AfroPop Party, hosted by Georges Collinet of Afropop Worldwide, and informational links: "In recognition of the profound global influence of the musical cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora, World Music Productions has chosen as its mission to promote understanding and appreciation of the contemporary musical cultures of Africa and the Diaspora, to inspire the inclusion of these musical cultures in media and education, and to bring the music to more diverse audiences, thus building a larger, better-informed constituency for the artists and their musical creativity":
Bibliography of Creative Writing in Trinidad and Tobago (bibliography compiled by Anson Gonzalez; website maintained by Alana Ochoa Trafford): http://www.users.interport.net/~alana/bibindex/bibindex.html
Black Canada: Canadian Series of North American Negroes - CSONAN:
"This site is dedicated to providing information concerning Black World history, with a focus on Black Canadian history and perspectives."
Black Studies: African, African-American, and Caribbean Studies (Dept. of History, Univ. of North Texas): http://www.hist.unt.edu/09w-blak.htm
...African-American Studies: http://www.hist.unt.edu/09w-blk2.htm
...Caribbean Studies: http://www.hist.unt.edu/09w-blk4.htm
Bob Marley School for the Arts Institute (Astor Black):
...Rastafari in Jamaica
...About Reggae Music
...Tribute to Bob Marley, and more.
Caribbean Literature Showcase (Univ. of the Virgin Islands): http://obiwan.uvi.edu/carib/carintro.htm
Caribbean Literature: An Overview - *under construction: dir. Robert Timm of the CUNY (City University of New York) Graduate Center (George Landow, Postcolonial Literature in English, Brown Univ.): http://landow.stg.brown.edu/post/caribbean/caribov.html
...Selective Bibliography of Books and Journals on Caribbean Literature: http://landow.stg.brown.edu/post/caribbean/bibl2.html
Caribbean Cultural Resources: A Resource Library for Cultural Caribbeanists
(C. Hernandez, Univ. of Toronto):
...Caribbean Literary Resources on the Web
...Bibliography of Caribbean Writers
Caribbean Writers on the Web: Feature (Scott Rettberg, About.com Expert Guides)
Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano
Igbo and an Achebe influence (Suzanne Erera, Princeton Univ.) main page:
http://www.princeton.edu/~howarth/304.Projects/Erera/Pages/Main.htm offers rich resources:
Equiano Background, Experiences, and Travel, illustrated hyperlinked essay http://www.princeton.edu/~howarth/304.Projects/Erera/Pages/Background.htm
Narrative, with excerpts, analysis, &
Equiano Timeline, in relation to history of
The Legacy of
Equiano, hyperlinked essay
Exploring Amistad: Race and the
Boundaries of Freedom in Antebellum Maritime America (Mystic
Seaport -- The Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic, Connecticut), a project
begun with a "Teaching with Technology" grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities.
Learn more about the Amistad Revolt of 1839-1842 (on which the Steven Spielberg film was based), "a shipboard uprising off the coast of Cuba that carried itself, inadvertently but fatefully, to the United States--where the Amistad Captives set off an intense legal, political, and popular debate over the slave trade, slavery, race, Africa, and ultimately America itself." http://amistad.mysticseaport.org/main/welcome.html
The sitemap will take you to historical summaries, teaching ideas, a detailed description of the museum library (including its government documents, maps, & personal papers), related websites, a bulletin board, and bibliography.
Guyanese Proverbs, with
From Guyana News and Information: http://www.guyana.org/
Postcolonial Studies at Emory Univ.
The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature, by Alison Donnell, Ed. and Sarah Lawson Welsh, Ed., Routledge (1996) - brief review: http://www.independentreader.com/books/storec0644.html
NiiCa - African Diaspora - Black Britain - The Black British
Agenda 2000 (2001):
Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of
Color (Univ. of Minnesota):
Voudoun: The Slave Religions in America and the Diaspora
West African Dahomean Vodoun (Mamaissii Danzi Hounon)--presents "a positive and realistic view of what the ancient Spiritual Tradition of what is popularly known as 'Voodoo' really is," and seeks to "provide to the West, a fundamental introduction to this ancient West African tradition. I am both a Mamaissii (Mami Wata*) High Priestess, and Hounon of Yeveh (Dahomean) Vodoun by birth, inheritance, initiation and training. Hence, my primary purpose is to educate the public about this heretofore unknown aspect of our African Traditional Spiritual heritage," and to correct Western stereotypes. Note, too, that "we are student friendly" and welcome serious student inquiries "in understanding any aspect of our traditions" [email communication with Mamaissii D. H.].
...See also I is a long memoried woman: 4. The Bloodling
Yemanji: var. Ymoja, one of the great goddesses of Africa,
*Mother of Waters (Mama Watta), Mother of Gods;
As Yemanji, she is the power (orisha or orisa) of the ocean and motherhood,
strong, nurturing, creative and destructive, the ultimate manifestation of female power:
From "The Gods Gallery" Images (J. P. Criss):
...Religions of the World: African Religions & Their Derivatives
"'The White Man's
Burden' and Its Critics": http://www.boondocksnet.com/kipling/index.html
from Jim Zwick, ed., Anti-Imperialism in the United States, 1898-1935 (BoondocksNet.com)
Zwick's new website (as of August, 1999) offers "A collection of sites that examine specific aspects of the debate about imperialism and its political and cultural legacies: http://www.boondocksnet.com/
Yale Africa Guide InterActive: African-American and
REDO THIS PART!! (These links
may be broken & I haven't yet had time to conduct research needed to repair
them. Sorry, Cora)
Grace Nichols (The Irish Poetry Page) offers the text of her poem "Like a Beacon":
News & Information (Safraz
W. Ishmael, Guyanese graduate student, Univ. of Maryland),
including map, photos,
history, news, and more on Guyana--"at the point where the
Caribbean meets South America on its North Atlantic
Guyana earned its independence from Great Britain on 26 May 1966.
Languages of Guyana from the Ethnologue: Languages of
the World (13th Edition, Barbara F. Grimes, ed., Summer
Institute of Linguistics, Inc.).
Ethnologue Country Index: http://www.ethnologue.com/country_index.asp
featuring the art and culture of women of the African diaspora. Not
available - being renovated [as of Jan. 2002]:
World Atlas offers country stats, map, and flag of Haiti. See the detailed CIA Map of Haiti from UT-LANTIC (Univ. of Texas-Austin) and the Haiti Reference Desk.
Visit UHHP (Unofficial Haitian Home Page)'s Arts and Culture links.
You can also find information through City Net - Caribbean and Haiti; click on the City Net Maps of Haiti and Columbus's voyages for enlarged versions,
Languages of Haiti from the Ethnologue: Languages of the World (13th Edition, Barbara F. Grimes, ed., Summer Institute of Linguistics, Inc.).
From the On-line Haitian History Course, Webster University - Saint-Louis, Missouri, see instructor Bob Corbett's basic introduction to Haiti and his detailed history of the Haitian Revolution, part 1, part 2 & part 3 (Toussaint L'Ouverture), part 4 (excerpt: "It is general folk knowledge in Haiti that Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian revolutionaries saved the United States from being invaded by Napoleonic forces in 1803"). See also Corbett's compilation of Haitian Proverbs, Riddles, Jokes and Folktales and reviews of Haitian literature in UHHP Bob's Haitian Corner.
Dany Laferriere, born in Port-au-Prince,
Haiti, practiced journalism under Duvalier before migrating to
Canada. See the brief introduction to Caribbean
literature and history presented in the study guide,
"The Shaping of the Caribbean Identity as Seen through the Literature of Jamaica Kincaid and V. X. Naipaul," prepared by Faith Nelson, Dr. Keith Warner, Dr. Ian Smart, and Dr. Claire Nelson, supported by South Dakota Humanities Council.
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