By Marilyn McKillop Wells
In 1980, clinical anthropologist Marilyn McKillop Wells came upon herself embarking on an “improbable trip” whilst she was once invited to the world to do fieldwork with the further problem of unveiling the “real” Garifuna. Upon her arrival at the island, Wells used to be warmly embraced through a neighborhood kin, the Diegos, and started working recording existence occasions and indigenous views on polygyny, Afro-indigenous id, ancestor-worshiping faith, and extra. the end result, as represented in Among the Garifuna, is a lovingly intimate, earthy human drama.
The relations narrative is equipped chronologically. half I, “The previous Ways,” contains vignettes that introduce the family members backstory with discussion as imagined through Wells in keeping with the kinfolk background she used to be instructed. We meet the relatives progenitors, Margaret and Cervantes Diego, in the course of their courtship, event Margaret’s ache as Cervantes takes a moment spouse, witness the demise of Cervantes and resulting mourning rituals, stick to the go back of Margaret and the kids to their earlier domestic in British Honduras, and become aware of the emergence of the children’s personalities.
In half II, “Living There,” Wells maintains the tale whilst she arrives in Belize and meets the Diego kids, together with the key protagonist, Tas. In Tas’s loved ones Wells learns approximately meals and manners and watches kinfolk squabbles and reconciliations. In those mini-stories, Wells interweaves cultural info at the Garifuna individuals with first-person narrative and transcription in their phrases, assembling those into a charming slice of lifestyles. half III, “The Ancestor Party,” takes the reader via a desirable postmortem ritual that's enacted to facilitate the adventure of the spirits of the commemorated ancestors to the very best supernatural.
Among the Garifuna contributes to the literary genres of narrative anthropology and feminist ethnography within the culture of Zora Neal Hurston and different ladies writing tradition in a private means. Wells’s portrait of this Garifuna relatives might be of curiosity to anthropologists, Caribbeanists, Latin Americanists, scholars, and basic readers alike.
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Among the Garifuna: Family Tales and Ethnography from the Caribbean Coast by Marilyn McKillop Wells