In addition, “Hoodoo which refers to an African traditional folk magic and Obeah derived from Central and West African origins,”(Tucker). Voodoo is a mix between African beliefs along with Roman Catholic rituals/practices. In the 1600s Europeans came to Africa to look for slaves to work in the New World. Voodoo rituals are very intricate as people
They would use this cane to make baskets and mats. The language of the Chickasaw was Muskhogean. A European settler described Muskhogean as “very agreeable to the ears, courteous, gentle, and musical… the women in particular so fine and musical as to represent the singing of birds” (Gibson 70). Many of these traditions are still practiced by the Chickasaw today. The Chickasaws history, religion, social traditions, and way of life make them unique.
The ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures is cultural competence. “Culture” is a term that goes beyond just race or ethnicity. It can also refer to such characteristics as …disability, religion, income level, education, or profession (SAMHSA.gov, 2016).” Competency is defined as the capacity to function effectively (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). I could trace my cultural heritage back to Africa. However, as a descendant of slaves, I cannot pinpoint what part of Africa I came from.
Generally, the designers (women artists) conform to the traditional decorations that demonstrate a preference for art that can be recognized. The lifestyle of the Nankani has a profound influence on the art that is produced. These influences include the physical environment, the agrarian customs and the general Nankani culture itself. Hence, the Nankani Compound in Sirigu, Ghana, in its art celebrates all that is important to their life and this is shown (the same) on their pottery, baskets, their homes and even on the skin thus cementing cultural identity. Each design is symbolic of some aspect of their culture.
In the novel The Bean Trees, Kingsolver’s belief that people survive through another 's generosity and empathy recur throughout the novel. This belief holds truth as many of the characters within Kingsolver’s novel find survival within the empathy and generosity they receive from others. The relationship between Taylor and Turtle reflect this theme through their mother-daughter relationship. Kingsolver’s belief also holds truth with Estevan and Esperanza’s situation and the help they receive. Kingsolver even weaves her belief within the relationships between minor characters such as Virgie and Edna as well as Sandi and Kid Central Station.
Superstitions and Folklore in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Conjure Women Charles Waddell Chesnutt is an African American writer who writes many novels and short stories about African American superstitions and folklore of the south in The Conjure Woman. The Conjure Woman is a collection of folk tales that explore complex issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil War. Chesnutt writes these stories in vernacular forms to represent the oral act of storytelling and express Chesnutt’s black identity and cultural heritage of African American people. Chesnutt 's folktales show how African American people are treated by whites as second class citizens. Chesnutt also uses African American folklore to celebrate his black identity throughout telling these stories.
As mentioned in the previous paragraphs Hog and Hominy focuses on Soul Food, and From Creole to African focuses on the changing identities of the Creoles. They both start in Africa and explain how they changed after they were introduced to the Americas. In addition, it is likely that neither Soul Food nor Creoles would have existed if creolization had not occurred. The main difference between how they are organized is that Hog and Hominy stops during the 1980’s, while From Creole to African ends during the Colonial
African aesthetic plays an intricate role in Caribbean fashion. It combines various colors, patterns, and fabrics which the Caribbean is known for. As a result, over the years Caribbean fashion relies heavily on African influences. Such influences are attributed by slavery, creolization and conformity. In the 17th century the first dress was the uniform of the estate afforded to those working and resident on plantation farms.
African-American Harriet Powers' 1898 bible quilt. By the time that early African American quilting became a tradition in and of itself, it was already a combination of textile traditions from the prominent influences of four civilizations of Central and West Africa: the Mande-speaking peoples, the Yoruba and Fon peoples, the Ejagham peoples, and the Kongo peoples. Textiles were traded heavily throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and the Southern United States, the traditions of each distinct region became intermixed. Originally, most of the textiles were made by men. Yet when slaves were brought to the United States their work was divided according to Western patriarchal standards and women took over the tradition.
Values: The chapter highlights that there is not one uniform African American community, rather a collection of diverse communities within the population and culture, thus there is not a single set of value systems, however there are main reoccurring themes that represent the group’s values, being a high importance of family – including immediate, extended and close friends, tradition and respect for elders, racial and ethic identity, religion and spirituality and the Importance of education. These African American value systems “have been shaped by a history of people formed out of many African peoples forced to become unified under the societal devaluation represented by slavery, discrimination, and prejudice while at the same time wooed