Special Bicentennial Issue on the Arts
Guest Editors: Edwidge Danticat & LeGrace Benson

Editors' Notes

On Writing & Significant Others

Edwidge Danticat

Art is Not Optional

LeGrace Benson

Art & Invocation

Yon Moso Twal Nan Bwa (A Piece of Cloth on Wood): The Drapo Vodou in Myths of Origin

Anna Wexler

“To Carry the Dance of the People Beyond”: Jean Léon Destiné, Lavinia Williams and Danse Folklorique Haïtienne

Millery Polyné

Ulrick Jean-Pierre’s Cayman Wood Ceremony

Marc A. Christophe

Music & Meaning

A Feminine Voice in Contemporary Haitian Roman Catholic Religious Music: The Songs of Petite Sœur Emmanuelle Victor, P.S.I.

Martha Estep O’Brien

One and One Makes Three: Wisdom in the Rhythmic Organization of Vodou Drumming

Lois Wilcken

Transcribing Tradition: "Rèl Pou Ayiti"

Marlène Racine-Toussaint & Lois Wilcken

Writing Resistance

An Aborted Miracle: The Significance and Aftermath of the Haitian Revolution in Frankétienne’s H’éros-chimères & Miraculeuse

Rachel Douglas

Amour, Douleur, Folie (Love, Sorrow, Madness): State Violence and Post-Duvalierist Revenants in Dany Laferrière’s Le Cri des oiseaux fous

Jana Braziel

Constructing Identity

Brothers Under the Skin: Richmond Barthe in Haiti

Margaret Rose Vendryes

Hector Hyppolite : sa peinture profane

Gérald Alexis

Remarks on Theatre and Film in Haiti

Patrick Rameau

The Citadelle and Cap-Haïtien: Photo Essay

Douglas Henry Daniels

Vernacular Architecture: Photographs of Ti-kay of Departement du Nord

Kelly “Tisson” Pierre & LeGrace Benson

Struggles of Life & Death: The Gede

Rising Sun: Gede’s Drama of Death and Rebirth in Brooklyn, New York

Lois Wilcken

The Gede: Vignettes of Life, Death, the Dead and Rebirth

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

Gede on Grand Rue: Some Lines of Inquiry to Follow

LeGrace Benson

Research Notes

Interview with Hërsza Barjon

Claudine Michel

Quand les Dieux parlent aux hommes Hërsza Barjon les entend

Paulette Poujol-Oriol

African Diaspora Culture

Carole Boyce-Davies

Annotated Bibliography of Books and Articles with Haitian Art

Bob Corbett


Book Reviews

Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies, by Mimi Sheller

—Review by Margaret M. Olsen

Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Culture of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, by Sibylle Fischer

—Review by David Roediger

Haiti: The Breached Citadel, by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

—Review by Gerald Horne

This Land is Our Land: Immigrants and Power in Miami, by Alex Stepick, et al.

—Review by Milton Vickerman

A Proslavery Foreign Policy: Haitian-American Relations During the Early Republic, by Tim Matthewson

—Review by Gerald Horne

Vaudou: Exhibition Catalog, by Michel Le Bois

—Review by LeGrace Benson

Film Festival Jakmel

—Review by Tequila Minsky

Paj Kreyòl Ayisyen: The Descent of the Lwa Exhibition

—Review by Woje E. Saven