By Solimar Otero
Afro-Cuban Diasporas within the Atlantic international explores how Yoruba and Afro-Cuban groups moved around the Atlantic among the Americas and Africa in successive waves within the 19th century. In Havana, Yoruba slaves from Lagos banded jointly to shop for their freedom and sail domestic to Nigeria. as soon as in Lagos, this Cuban repatriate neighborhood grew to become often called the Aguda. This neighborhood outfitted their very own local that celebrated their Afrolatino background. For those Yoruba and Afro-Cuban diasporic populations, nostalgic buildings of family members and neighborhood play the function of narrating and finding a longed-for domestic. by means of offering a hyperlink among the workings of nostalgia and the development of domestic, this quantity re-theorizes cultural imaginaries as a resource for diasporic neighborhood reinvention. via ethnographic fieldwork and study in folkloristics, Otero unearths that the Aguda determine strongly with their Afro-Cuban roots in modern instances. Their fluid id strikes from Yoruba to Cuban, and again back, in a fashion that illustrates the actually cyclical nature of transnational Atlantic neighborhood association. Solimar Otero is affiliate Professor of English and a folklorist at Louisiana nation college. Her learn facilities on gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba conventional faith in folklore, literature and ethnography. Dr. Otero is the recipient of a Ruth Landes Memorial learn Fund supply (2013), a fellowship on the Harvard Divinity School's Women's reports in faith application (2009 to 2010), and a Fulbright award (2001).
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