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The Florida Folklife Reader$
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Tina Bucuvalas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031403

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031403.001.0001

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African American and West Indian Folklife in South Florida

African American and West Indian Folklife in South Florida

Chapter:
(p.10) African American and West Indian Folklife in South Florida
Source:
The Florida Folklife Reader
Author(s):

Joyce M. Jackson

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031403.003.0002

Miami, which encompasses most of Dade County, is an evolving metropolis where diverse populations have historically exchanged cultural ideas. This diversity is evident in the city’s black population, who came not only from the United States, but also from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This chapter examines some aspects of the folklife of two groups of African Diasporas in Miami: African Americans and West Indians. It looks at African American folk culture, which includes the songs and music, religion, arts and crafts, and occupational skills that African Americans brought from both rural agricultural areas and other urban centers. The chapter also discusses West Indian music and song, narrative traditions such as storytelling, foodways, and celebrations like the Carnival.

Keywords:   folklife, Miami, African Americans, West Indians, folk culture, music, religion, arts, foodways, celebrations

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