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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 51–71.
Published: 01 July 2023
.... Linguistic fieldwork further led into concerns with religious, culinary, and musical folkways, as well as biographical investigation. Outlines of Warner-Lewis’s writings on the Caribbean and on Caribbean cultures inspired by Yoruba, Igbo, and Kongo matrices are presented. mwarnerlewis@gmail.com ©...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 98–108.
Published: 01 July 2023
... the repository of our history, its “monuments, . . . battles, [and] martyrs.” 5 Warner-Lewis points to the complex and rich history of those who came from Africa. This is her project in Guinea’s Other Suns but also in her Yoruba Songs of Trinidad ; Trinidad Yoruba: From Mother Tongue to Memory ; Central...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 86–97.
Published: 01 July 2023
... characterized exhibitions there since its inception, see Nadine Siegert, “The Iwalewahaus: Displaying Works of African Modernism,” Stedelijk Studies , no. 5 (Fall 2017): 1–11 (PDF), stedelijkstudies.com/journal/iwalewahaus-displaying-works-african-modernism 24 Maureen Warner-Lewis, Trinidad Yoruba...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 72–74.
Published: 01 July 2023
...”: Spirit Messengers of the Kumina , Pamphlet no. 3 (Mona: Savacou 1977); originally published in Savacou , no. 13 (Gemini 1977): 57–78, 83–86 (notes). 1 Maureen Warner-Lewis, “The Yoruba Language in Trinidad” (PhD diss., University of the West Indies, Mona, 1984); published as Trinidad Yoruba...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 75–85.
Published: 01 July 2023
... Yoruba Kongo “You enter the yard from a wide unpaved roadway, pushing at a large zinc door that opens on to a square fenced-off compound.” 1 This is part of Maureen Warner-Lewis’s narration of an extraordinary interview conducted with Kumina spiritual leader Imogene “Queenie” Kennedy in 1971...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 96–116.
Published: 01 July 2011
... to illuminate and engage Caribbean catastrophic history. Cuban-born Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons found the slave ship icon a rich source for making claims for the survival and transformation of Yoruba religious beliefs in Cuba and North America. Her installations referencing the sche- matic...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 161–173.
Published: 01 October 2006
... resonates with both the ancient Greek myth of Hermes, the god of interpretation who medi- ates between the firmament and demotic reality (and often scrambles the interpretation in the process), and his West African counterpart, Esu Elegbara. In Yoruba philosophy, Esu Elegbara, like Hermes, mediates...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 50–68.
Published: 01 July 2021
... with which the film grapples. While a US imperial takeover certainly undergirds the criminalization of Yoruba-derived religiosity in prerevolutionary Cuba that Raíces confronts, Rolando reconstructs the ways the Cuban Republic itself, drawing from coloniality, rationalized the genocide. Recalling...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 71–84.
Published: 01 March 2018
... their forced embrace of Christianity, then this influence was both deepened and expanded as they settled into their new Southern Caribbean context. The early influence of Yoruba cosmology and spiritual practice would be combined with elements of Kabbalism, Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Spiritism, Hinduism...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (2): 201–208.
Published: 01 September 2002
... off ers. “Don’t forget that you have the key, not them on the outside.” And Mary “Iya ilu” (1798–1904) is the maternal Yoruba voice from Roy Landing’s 220707 “real place,” Africa. Her plaintive message sent back from...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 63–84.
Published: 01 November 2013
...—was vibrantly Yoruba and Akan” (6). With regard to Fire's Yoruba and Akan features, Smith notes, It is not supposed to matter here that the signifiers “Yoruba” and “Akan,” so compatible in Fire's face, would not make sense as synonyms—are in fact worlds apart—in West Africa, and for that matter in Brooklyn...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 71–83.
Published: 01 March 2013
..., Pierre, insists on his Trinidadianness in a way that holds the potential to be an ironic rebuke of Gray's dismissal, but which I read as comical, for how could the child of a Barbadian father and Yoruba mother be authentically Trinidadian? By contrast, Gray is neither born of immigrants, like Pierre, nor...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 72–88.
Published: 01 November 2012
... in mermaids, which were more than folklore to them. Some of the elders actually referred to various mermaids in the community by name. I remember Miss Pearl telling me that people believe the mermaids lived in the caves in the community, and Woodside has a lot of caves. But in the African Yoruba system...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 150–152.
Published: 01 March 2005
...). 115252 THE YORUBA DIASPORA IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD 'FKVGF D[ 6Q[KP (CNQNC CPF /CVVJKNFU /QXKPI DG[QPF IGPGTKE...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (1): 169–172.
Published: 01 March 2002
... Chevannes points to the recurrence of the crossroads trope in the religious symbolism of dreams and rituals, such as those marking the separation of the dead from the living. Deconstructing the signifi cance of trickster-gods like Anansi and of liminality deities ssmallmall like the Yoruba...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 274–277.
Published: 01 July 2013
... American Studies. Her research explores issues related to religious nationalism, legal institutions, human rights and international law, and the interface between culture, power, and globalization and its relationship to race and modernity. She is the author of Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 99–109.
Published: 01 March 2017
... associated with fire, lightning, and thunder. Morera's choice of these two figures is far from casual. While both deities belong to the Santería pantheon, Yemayá has Yoruba origins and Santa Bárbara, Roman Catholic ones. Morera could have chosen to depict Changó, but she opts for its feminine equivalent...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 129–139.
Published: 01 November 2018
... was Eleguá, the go-between, initiator of ceremonies, mediator between this world and the next. I adopted this as a kind of hopeful motif for my work on Sea of Lentils . A Nigerian colleague in the Amherst College art department, Rowland Abiodun, told me that Eshu (the Yoruba name for Eleguá) liked to occupy...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 17–34.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of “words and phrases heard on board the Zong ” (183) includes words made from the text of the (English) legal decision in Dutch, French, Portuguese, and Spanish—as well as in Yoruba, Twi, Shona, and Fon. Philip’s “Manifest,” which follows the glossary, includes the names of the crew and the names...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 91–108.
Published: 01 July 2021
... de la cultura cubana como parte integrante de la cultura del Caribe”; ibid., 34. 51 “Un cubano de cualquier ascendencia, incluso de cualquier clase social, presenta como signo distintivo el del mestizaje cultural. . . . Un cubano, aunque pareciese racialmente un yoruba o un catalán, responde...
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