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Video: Rafael Hernández at the University of Chicago, Oct. 7, 2009

By Paul Ryer, Seminars & talks, Video - lecture and discussion 1 Comment »

The_Cuban_TransitionHere is a clickable link to a speech given recently by Temas editor Rafael Hernández, at the University of Chicago. As you probably know, Hernández is a senior research fellow at the Centro de Investigación de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello in Havana and is the author or editor of numerous books.  The title of this talk, given in English, is “The Cuban Transition: Imagined and Actual.”

A Cuban Indian Cacique Makes the News

By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, Journals No Comments »

When we all thought that Cuba’s indigenous population had been wiped up, turns out we were wrong. In a Miami-based blog (El Lugareño), I read the news that an authentic Indian cacique and traditional healer from Guantanamo province visited Camaguey city to attend an art opening which recreates his ancestral culture. I reproduce below the original news from the Camagüey daily paper “Adelante“:

En Camaguey, “cacique” de descendientes de aborígenes

Viernes, 18 de Diciembre de 2009 14:48

Adolfo Silva Silva

Camagüey, (AIN) Francisco Ramírez Rojas, considerado como el “cacique” de una comunidad guantanamera de descendientes de aborígenes, expresó satisfacción por su visita a Camagüey, invitado a participar en un foro cultural.

Residente en La Ranchería, de Caridad de los Indios, Ramírez asistirá hoy por la noche a la apertura de una muestra de obras de la plástica que insertan elementos de arte primitivo, como pictografías e ideografías. Los autores son el canadiense James K-M y los camagüeyanos Joel Jover y Osmany Soler.

En su primera estancia en Camagüey, el campesino guantanamero, de 74 años de edad, añadió en el diálogo el orgullo por provenir de primitivos habitantes de la Isla.

El interlocutor destacó también su adhesión a las ideas de Martí, de la Revolución, y reiteró el agradecimiento a todas las personas e instituciones que han divulgado la existencia de descendientes de indocubanos y los han apoyado.

Compositor e intérprete en la esfera de la música, incluido el Changüí, ejerce prácticas de curación basadas en el legado de sus ancestros.

Nieto de un mambí y presidente del Comité de Defensa de la Revolución en su comunidad, Ramírez acotó que en ese asentamiento solo quedan poco más de 30 personas, a causa de una fuerte migración, extendida incluso a lugares tan distantes de allí, como Matanzas.

Apenas hay en la zona 11 casas, puntualizó el entrevistado, hombre locuaz que se expresa con la pasiones marcadas por la gestualidad, y la inflexión en el habla.

Ramírez vino acompañado por Idalis, uno de sus 10 hijos, y evocó además a los doctores Antonio Núñez Jiménez, y Manuel Rivero de la Calle (camagüeyano), por su promoción y presencia en los estudios para confirmar la citada descendencia de aborígenes.

Become a fan of Fernando Ortiz on Facebook

Blogs, Notes & Queries No Comments »

Fernando Ortiz photoIf you are on Facebook, not only should you join the etnocuba group version of this blog, but check out the Fernando Ortiz fan club.  Several colleagues have inquired about the relation of the FB and WordPress versions of etnocuba.  To clarify, they are both public and both located at the intersection of ethnography and contemporary Cuba, and many posts do and will continue to overlap.  At the same time, not everyone is on Facebook, and not everyone has the time for or ready access to this blog, so each has a distinct niche.  For now, at least, it seems like a good arrangement to have both sorts of presence as both technologies and the community/communities change and grow.

BBC’s Cuba Correspondent

Blogs, By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant 2 Comments »

We normally do not post links from other blogs, but I do want to recommend to all anthropologists Fernando Ravsberg’s blog, Cartas desde Cuba, linked here on the blog roll. He is, I believe, from Argentina, has lived in Cuba for a long time, is a correspondent for the BBC, and writes a magnificent and very informative blog on daily life in Cuba (in Spanish) on a variety of topics. His last posting is on the housing arrangements would-be migrants negotiate in order to not lose their property after they leave for good. Not to be missed!

La Flaca Reedited

By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, music No Comments »

Who, among those who lived in Cuba in the second part of the 1990s, has forgotten this song? Jarabe de Palo just reissued the album with a new video clip. Interestingly, the video stresses the expat experience in Cuba, firmly locating the band in a foreign city (New York in the video, in truth it was Barcelona, which tells more about the vanity of Barcelonians than anything else, but that’s another story). While it includes all the usual cliches about beauty and ruins, it also shows a self-consciousness of the foreigners’ position.

A U.S. racial view of Cubans at the turn of the 20th cent.

By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, History, Images, Race No Comments »

Duke University Library’s digital collections includes a visual archive on the Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920

Among the various card series that were included in Duke’s cigarettes at that time, there is one on “coins of all nations” that includes one on Cuba.  It is not dated, but it is probably pre-independence (the coin is described as being from Spain in circulation in Cuba), which means the cards are from some time between 1872 (beginning of the collection) and 1898. It is interesting that in contrast with Vera Kutzinski’s description of the young and sensual mulatta figure as typical of Cuban cigar images, the woman here presented as Cuban in U.S. tobacco is black and old…

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Images courtesy of Duke University’s Library and the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History. These images in particular can be found HERE.

Two Latin music documentaries: Latin Music USA (2009), and the Latin Side of Soul (1972) now online

By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, Cinema, music 2 Comments »

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Latin Music USA aired on PBS last october on four episodes:

I. Bridges

II. The Salsa Revolution

III. The Chicano Wave

IV. Divas and Superstars

You can watch them HERE

Soul! “Shades of Soul, The Latin Side of Soul, Part I” aired on November 15, 1972

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It has been just posted online and you can watch it HERE
(thanks to the Latin Jazz list-serve for the tip).

TWO NEW BOOKS ABOUT THE CHANGÜÍ

By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, music, new book No Comments »

Two ethnographic approaches about the Changüï from Cuba’s Oriente

The first, in English:

Origins of Cuban Music and Dance Changüí
Benjamin Lapidus (Scarecrow Press, 2008)

0810862042

The second in Spanish:

Guantánamo tiene su changüí, by Yaremi Estonel Lamoth

(Cuba: Editorial El Mar y la Montaña 2009)

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