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Walking RaddyThe Baby Dolls of New Orleans$
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Kim Vaz-Deville

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817396

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817396.001.0001

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Protectors of the Inheritance

Protectors of the Inheritance

Black Women Writers of New Orleans

(p.45) Protectors of the Inheritance
Walking Raddy

Violet Harrington Bryan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter points out that New Orleans Black women writers use and preserve traditions of the culture of New Orleans: love of family, community, and music, as contexts for their writings. Re-creation of blues and jazz and remembrance of the ancestors and religious traditions are essential themes. Writers of fiction and poetry, such as Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Sybil Kein, attempt also to revise the image of the Creole woman, or free woman of color, by showing her strong importance to the family and community. Black women writers Mona Lisa Saloy and Brenda Marie Osbey recognize the language, music, food, and geographical environment of New Orleans. They also address the living influence of the spirit and the ancestors who continue to live in the city’s folklore and the religions, primarily, Catholicism and Voodoo/ Hoodoo.

Keywords:   Louisiana creole, placage, Carnival, Haspel or Solomon’s factory, Faubourg Treme

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