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RediasporizationAfrican-Guyanese Kweh-Kweh$
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Gillian Richards-Greaves

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831156

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831156.001.0001

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Introduction: “Who Karkalay?”

Introduction: “Who Karkalay?”

From Wedding-Based Kweh-Kweh to Cultural Reenactment

(p.3) 1 Introduction: “Who Karkalay?”

Gillian Richards-Greaves

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the traditional (wedding-based) kweh-kweh as an African retention or African continuity that developed among enslaved Africans in Guyana, South America. It also demonstrates the ways that traditional kweh-kweh indexes indigenous African rites of passage, such as Ïgba Nkwü, a wine-carrying ceremony practiced by the Igbos of Nigeria. Moreover, this chapter explores how African-Guyanese migration to the United States necessitated the reenactment of the traditional kweh-kweh, and thus, an invention of tradition in the form of Come to My Kwe-Kwe, also known as Kwe-Kwe Nite. This chapter further demonstrates how the African-Guyanese diaspora in the United States (African-Guyanese-Americans) is comprised of smaller interconnected factions or diasporas, such as the migrated diaspora, procreated diaspora, and affinal diaspora. It also demonstrates how the celebration of Come to My Kwe-Kwe serves to transition the African-Guyanese-American community from an imagined community to a tangible one that is uniquely African, Guyanese, and American.

Keywords:   African retention, Come to My Kwe-Kwe, migrated diaspora, procreated diaspora, affinal diaspora

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