ANTH-380 African Cultures in the Americas
Using anthropological approaches, this course examines the basic similarities and regional variations in African-derived cultures within the Americas. After a survey of key African cultural principles in family life, gender roles, supernatural belief systems, and aesthetic forms, we investigate the extent to which these principles survived in the New World. We account for unique developments in Caribbean, Latin American, and coastal U.S. black cultures by observing how differences in the plantation economies, racial hierarchies, and historical experiences affected African peoples. Lastly, we use visual and sound media to show how black music and art forms integrate these cultural elements while still generating innovative styles. Examples will be drawn from Brazil, Haiti, Jamaica, Ecuador-Columbia, and the coastal U.S.
Prerequisites: SOCI-001, ANTH-001 or premission of Instructor
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