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Istwa Across the WaterHaitian History, Memory, and the Cultural Imagination$
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Toni Pressley-Sanon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054407

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054407.001.0001

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The Changing Same

The Changing Same

Bokọfíó across the Sea

(p.26) 1 The Changing Same
Istwa Across the Water

Toni Pressley-Sanon

University Press of Florida

“The Changing Same” discusses a story from the oral tradition of Dahomey that Melville Herskovits published in the second volume of Dahomey: An Ancient West African Kingdom (1938) as a source for exploring the history and legacy of the slave trade and slavery. The story may be read in several ways and through Pressley-Sanon’s exploration of its multiple meanings, Istwa across the Water argues that contemporary explorations of such stories from the oral tradition add valuable dimensions to our understanding of the continuities and ruptures that constitute the relationship between Africa and its diaspora.

Keywords:   Vodun, Vodou, Orality, History, Memory, bòkò, boko, Haiti

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