Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

Art of the African Diaspora

Arts in Diasporas
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_32

Approximately 14 million Africans were taken overseas in the Atlantic slave trade, and, though they left their material culture behind, they were cultural beings who carried inside them various ways of approaching and interpreting life. As Africans were congregated in the New World, they formed communities and developed new means of meeting the same expressive and artistic needs they had felt in Africa. In some cases Africans speaking the same language from their same cultural group were gathered together on plantations, especially in the Caribbean and in Brazil, and recognizable cultural practices from their homeland were revived and continued. Often cultural influences from several areas of Africa melded together, and elements from each can be discerned as in Haitian Vodou religious practices, which combined Yoruba, Kongo, and Dahomean elements in the new form.

Protestant slaveowners seem to have taken a different approach than Catholic ones, so the recognizable African elements in...


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