What can be said about Haiti. As I look back into my memory banks to find what personal knowledge I have of this place and its people, I instantly think of Ms Katherine Dunham. Anthropologist, dancer, teacher, priestess of vodun, Haitian and African-American rights activist. How she would have grieved this devastation. And Zora Neale Hurston, also a scholar-artist. Both of these women did ethnographic fieldwork in Haiti; both expressed that work in writing and in choreography. Whatever I know about Haiti, I know through them.

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  1. Evan says:

    Thank you so much for reminding me of Dunham’s connection to Haiti. I studied her contributions to both dance and anthropology in college, and last November was fortunate enough to see her 1941 work “Los Indios” at the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center gala. Her daughter introduced the piece. I’m certain that she, along with so many others, is grieving for Haiti.

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