Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage, Memory, and Identity in Brazilian Quilombos

By Mary Lorena Kenny

© 2018

Deeply Rooted in the Present is a brief and engaging ethnography that illustrates the ways in which memories, knowledge, and experience are transformed into cultural heritage. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and historical research, the book uses a Brazilian quilombola community (descendants of enslaved Africans) as a case study. In exploring what it means to be a Quilombola in the twenty-first century, it demonstrates how heritage and identity do not simply exist, but are continually being made and remade according to the social, cultural, and political needs of the present. The book encourages readers to make connections between this particular Brazilian quilombola community of traditional pottery makers and their own heritage.

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  • Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Illustrations: 18
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Based on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and historical research, this book uses a Brazilian quilombola community (descendants of enslaved Africans) as a case study to explore how memories, knowledge, and experience are transformed into cultural heritage.

Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage, Memory, and Identity in Brazilian Quilombos

By Mary Lorena Kenny

© 2018

Deeply Rooted in the Present is a brief and engaging ethnography that illustrates the ways in which memories, knowledge, and experience are transformed into cultural heritage. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and historical research, the book uses a Brazilian quilombola community (descendants of enslaved Africans) as a case study. In exploring what it means to be a Quilombola in the twenty-first century, it demonstrates how heritage and identity do not simply exist, but are continually being made and remade according to the social, cultural, and political needs of the present. The book encourages readers to make connections between this particular Brazilian quilombola community of traditional pottery makers and their own heritage.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Illustrations: 18
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Mary Lorena Kenny is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has published essays and articles on street youth and child labor in Brazil, and the history and politics of drought in the sertão. In 2006, she was the Rockefeller Fellow at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage examining the economics of cultural heritage in Brazil.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of Figures and Maps
    Abbreviations
    Preface

    Introduction 

    1. Slavery, Quilombos, and Land

    2. From Enslavement to Quilombolas

    3. Quilombola Identity

    Conclusion

    Further Reading
    Supplementary Exercises
    References
    Index