Topics: Introductions, Syllabus overview & Map of Africa
Material: “Heritage” poem by Countee Cullen
Discussion: What does Africa mean to you? What is the African Diaspora?
Topics: What is folklore?
Material: What Is Folklife and Why Study It
Discussion: What are the categories of Folklore?
Topic: The Glory that was Africa
Material: “The Glory That Was Africa” Chapter 1 from Black History by Norman E.W. Hodges (in class handout)
Discussion: Why was the greatness of African people and their cultures distorted by the White West?
Topic: West African Cultures and the role of slavery
- “Roots” Episode 1
- Chapter 1 from Black History by Norman E.W. Hodges (material from prior week)
- Akan and Yoruba Pantheon of Deities (power point presentation)
Discussion: What role did European directed enslavement of Africans play in the modern diaspora of Africans and their cultures in the Americas?
Cultures of Resistance
Topic: Into the Americas
- “New Worlds in the Americas: Labor, Commerce, and the Columbian Exchange” pp 52-62 by Corbett
- The Middle Passage from Africana Folklore by Prof. James
- “Chapter 1” from A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (in class handout)
Discussion: Must the progress of some be at the expense of others?
- “Chapter 3” from Africana Folklore by Stephen James
- “Quilombo” (Movie)
Discussion: What role did African Folklore play in Africans resistance to slavery in Brazil?
Material: “Sugar Cane Alley” (Movie)
Discussion: How did the perpetuation of African Folkloric history help African disaporic people to survive French colonialism?
Topic: St. Vincent/Central America
Material: “The Garifuna Journey” (Documentary)
Discussion: What role can Folkloric history play in the maintenance of identity?
Topic: JAMAICA AND TRINIDAD&TOBAGO
- Campbell, Horace. “The Rastafarians in the Eastern Caribbean” Caribbean Quarterly, December 1, 1980, Vol 26 (4), p. 42-61. (NYCCT Library Access: Log in with barcode from ID required, if off campus )
- Ho, Christine G. T. “Popular Culture and the Aesthetization of Politics: Hegemonic Struggle and Postcolonial Nationalism in Trinidad Carnival”. Transforming Anthropology, January 2000, Vol.9 (1), pp.3-18. (NYCCT Library Access: Log in with barcode from ID required, if off campus
- “Nanny of the Maroons” (Documentary)
Discussion: How has the perpetuation of African folklore helped to shape postcolonial societies?
Topic: CUBA AND PUERTO RICO
- Scott Corbett, P. at all. (2017) “The Spanish American War and Oversees Empire,” OpenStax (Pdf) [CHECK THE LINK!]
- Only read and print Chapter 22, Section 2, pages 640-646.
- de la Fuente, Alejandro. “The Resurgence of Racism in Cuba,” NACLA 3, 6 (May 2001): 29-49.(NYCCT Library Access: Log in with barcode from ID required, if off campus )
- Puerto Rican Culture through Music, Bomba, Plena and Jibara (YouTube)
- La Santeria in Matanzas Cuba, An Interview with Alfredo Calvo (YouTube)
Discussion: What role did Africana Folklore play in resistance to oppression in Cuba and Puerto Rico?
Materials: “Egalite for All” (Video Documentary)
Discussion: How did African folklore inspire Haitians to fight for freedom?
Topic: Resistance to Slavery in the USA
Materials: “Sankofa” (Movie)
Discussion: How did African Folklore influence resistance in the USA?
Topic: The Low Country Resistance Culture
Material: “Daughters of the Dust” (Movie)
Discussion: What role does African Filklore play in indentity formation of African people?
FINAL PAPER AND PRESENTATIONS