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The Resource Among the Garifuna : family tales and ethnography from the Caribbean coast, Marilyn McKillop Wells

Among the Garifuna : family tales and ethnography from the Caribbean coast, Marilyn McKillop Wells

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Among the Garifuna : family tales and ethnography from the Caribbean coast
Title
Among the Garifuna
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family tales and ethnography from the Caribbean coast
Statement of responsibility
Marilyn McKillop Wells
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "This work is an intimate ethnographic narrative of one indigenous family in the twentieth-century Caribbean, offering original insights on daily life, gender, culture, ethnicity, and religion"--
  • "Among the Garifuna is the first ethnographic narrative of a Garifuna family. The Garifuna are descendants of the "Black Carib," whom the British deposited on Roatan Island in 1797 and who settled along the Caribbean coast from Belize City to Nicaragua. In 1980, medical anthropologist Marilyn McKillop Wells found herself embarking on an "improbable journey" when she was invited to the area to do fieldwork with the added challenge of revealing the "real" Garifuna. Upon her arrival on the island, Wells was warmly embraced by a local family, the Diegos, and set to work recording life events and indigenous perspectives on polygyny, Afro-indigenous identity, ancestor-worshiping religion, and more. The result, as represented in Among the Garifuna, is a lovingly intimate, earthy, human drama. The family narrative is organized chronologically. Part I, "The Old Ways," consists of vignettes that introduce the family backstory with dialogue as imagined by Wells based on the family history she was told. We meet the family progenitors, Margaret and Cervantes Diego, during their courtship, experience Margaret's pain as Cervantes takes a second wife, witness the death of Cervantes and ensuing mourning rituals, follow the return of Margaret and the children to their previous home in British Honduras, and observe the emergence of the children's personalities. In Part II, "Living There," Wells continues the story when she arrives in Belize and meets the Diego children, including the major protagonist, Tas. In Tas's household Wells learns about foods and manners and watches family squabbles and reconciliations. In these mini-stories, Wells interweaves cultural information on the Garifuna people with first-person narrative and transcription of their words, assembling these into an enthralling slice of life. Part III, "The Ancestor Party," takes the reader through a fascinating postmortem ritual that is enacted to facilitate the journey of the spirits of the honored ancestors to the supreme supernatural. Among the Garifuna contributes to the literary genres of narrative anthropology and feminist ethnography in the tradition of Zora Neal Hurston and other women writing culture in a personal way. Wells's portrait of this Garifuna family will be of interest to anthropologists, Caribbeanists, Latin Americanists, students, and general readers alike."--
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Wells, Marilyn McKillop
Dewey number
305.89792
Index
no index present
LC call number
F1505.2.C3
LC item number
W45 2015eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Diego family
  • Garifuna (Caribbean people)
  • Garifuna (Caribbean people)
  • Garifuna (Caribbean people)
  • Diego family
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Garifuna (Caribbean people)
  • Garifuna (Caribbean people)
  • Garifuna (Caribbean people)
Label
Among the Garifuna : family tales and ethnography from the Caribbean coast, Marilyn McKillop Wells
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not applicable
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online resource
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- List of People -- Part 1. The Old Ways -- A Garifuna Wedding -- A Garifuna Marriage -- The Revolt -- The Second Wife -- Cervantes's Wake -- Cervantes's Burial -- Cervantes's Spirit -- Release from Mourning -- A Stormy Journey -- Homeward Bound -- Old House -- Alvarez Visits -- Partners -- School Clothes -- New Farm -- The Red Cock -- Skipper's Holiday -- Santa's School -- Tas to Lidisi -- Tas Meets Terese -- New Shoes -- Flowers of Delight -- News from Larube -- Return to Larube -- Building a House -- Tas and Lisa's Stories -- Birthing -- Part 2. Living There -- Invitation Letter -- Monica's Story -- Meeting Khandi -- Tas and Home -- Nutmeg Alley -- Margaret's Bath -- Fishing Trip -- Frog in a Jar -- Persecution and Altar -- Cashew and Chickens -- My Lidisi Visit -- Love Magic -- Snake Bite -- The Feeding -- Warin -- Khandi's Funeral -- Coconut Lady -- Butterfly -- Joseph's Wedding -- Lucas's Sickness -- Frank's Lesson -- Part 3. The Ancestor Party -- The Santa Trance -- Consulting the Buyei -- The Mali -- The Pigs -- John Canoe -- Building the Gaiunari -- Terese Arrives -- Baking Day -- Moving Day -- To the Keys -- Unwelcome Guests -- Clara Arrives -- The Adugahatia -- The Banquet -- Jubilation -- The Last Hours -- Glossary
Control code
911594418
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780817388249
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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2075363
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)911594418
Label
Among the Garifuna : family tales and ethnography from the Caribbean coast, Marilyn McKillop Wells
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- List of People -- Part 1. The Old Ways -- A Garifuna Wedding -- A Garifuna Marriage -- The Revolt -- The Second Wife -- Cervantes's Wake -- Cervantes's Burial -- Cervantes's Spirit -- Release from Mourning -- A Stormy Journey -- Homeward Bound -- Old House -- Alvarez Visits -- Partners -- School Clothes -- New Farm -- The Red Cock -- Skipper's Holiday -- Santa's School -- Tas to Lidisi -- Tas Meets Terese -- New Shoes -- Flowers of Delight -- News from Larube -- Return to Larube -- Building a House -- Tas and Lisa's Stories -- Birthing -- Part 2. Living There -- Invitation Letter -- Monica's Story -- Meeting Khandi -- Tas and Home -- Nutmeg Alley -- Margaret's Bath -- Fishing Trip -- Frog in a Jar -- Persecution and Altar -- Cashew and Chickens -- My Lidisi Visit -- Love Magic -- Snake Bite -- The Feeding -- Warin -- Khandi's Funeral -- Coconut Lady -- Butterfly -- Joseph's Wedding -- Lucas's Sickness -- Frank's Lesson -- Part 3. The Ancestor Party -- The Santa Trance -- Consulting the Buyei -- The Mali -- The Pigs -- John Canoe -- Building the Gaiunari -- Terese Arrives -- Baking Day -- Moving Day -- To the Keys -- Unwelcome Guests -- Clara Arrives -- The Adugahatia -- The Banquet -- Jubilation -- The Last Hours -- Glossary
Control code
911594418
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780817388249
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
2075363
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)911594418

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