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Istwa Across the Water: Haitian History, Memory, and the Cultural Imagination

Toni Pressley-Sanon


Istwa across the Water draws on the historian and poet Kamau Brathwaite’s concept of tidalectics as cultural exchange that is patterned after the back and forth movement of the ocean’s waves, to explore Haitian cultural production through the lenses of history and memory by way of the Vodou concept of the Marasa or twinned entities. Istwa across the Water takes on Haiti’s complementary or twinned sites of cultural production in the West African area of Dahomey/Benin Republic and the Central West African Kôngo region from which many Haitians originate. It discusses oral and visual art tradition ... More

Keywords: Haiti, History, Memory, Visual Art, Oral Tradition, Cultural Production, Material Culture, Tidalectics, Vodou, Marasa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813054407
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toni Pressley-Sanon, author
Eastern Michigan University