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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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Folklife of Miami’s Nicaraguan Communities

Folklife of Miami’s Nicaraguan Communities

(p.50) Folklife of Miami’s Nicaraguan Communities
The Florida Folklife Reader

katherine Borland

University Press of Mississippi

Miami’s Nicaraguan community is composed of three distinct culture groups: the Creoles of the southern Atlantic coast, the Miskitos of the Rio Coco and Puerto Cabezas area, and the Mestizos of the Pacific coast. This chapter examines the folklife of Nicaraguans in Miami, including music, patronal festivals, Moravian church celebrations, and foodways, as well as material culture traditions outside the festival context. It describes a number of festivals celebrated by the Nicaraguan community, including Diriamba’s festival of San Sebastían, the festival of Santa Ana of Nandaime and Santo Domingo of Managua, Masaya’s festival of San Jerónimo, and Atlantic Coast festivals. The chapter also highlights the festival of Virgen de la Asunción, patroness of Nicaragua, and parties celebrated by Nicaraguans known as Purísimas and Gritería as part of the festival.

Keywords:   folklife, Miami, Nicaraguans, music, patronal festivals, celebrations, foodways, material culture, Purísimas, Gritería

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