Peer Reviewed Article

This article aims to increase the visibility of Afro-Cuban cabildos as political mobilizations. Black cultural and religious expressions are often depoliticized through demoting and relegating them to a realm of “folklore,” and thereby isolating them in those sections of national mythology that deal solely with performance culture. Yet, this crafting of religious models and social customs that affect personal and collective identities as well as cultural and political systems deserves to be highlighted within a larger theoretical framework of cultural politics, and thereby show their relevance for citizenship and belonging. After delineating some of the historical conditions of cabildos as agents of religious and political formation, I focus specifically on the overlapping roles that practitioners hold and the mobilizing force of music and dance that cultivate subjects capable of socio-political transformations. I further explore the manifestations of this socioeconomic spiritual terrain through the case of the Cabildo of Santa Teresa, which is one of three cabildos in Cuba that has existed since the 1800s. Its primary family, Villamil, maintains fame and reputation that are internationally renowned in terms of religious practitioners, musicians, dancers, and cultural ambassadors.

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Afrodescendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the Americas (Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora).

 

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Publications

PAPERS:

Peer-Reviewed:

  • Holmes, Amanda. 2008. Cuban Voices On Being Cuban and the Future in Cuba. Transforming Anthropology: Journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists. 16(1): 70-71.

  • Barborak, J.R., J.D. Peskin, G.R. Mueller, A.D. Holmes, and C. Suarez. 2002. Community involvement in managing protected areas of the MesoAmerican barrier reef system—How real is it? Policy Matters: Sustainable Livlihoods and Co-Management of Natural Resources. IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. Issue 10.

Published:

  • Holmes, Amanda D. December 2008. Yoruba Religion and Ecology in Cuba. Forum on Religion and Ecology Newsletter.

  • Oliver-Smith, Anthony, Amanda Holmes, Byron Real, Christopher Berry, Sarah Cervone, Joanna Reilly-Brown, and Astrid Wigidal. 2005. Patterns and Processes of Vulnerability to Hazards in Florida. Gainesville: The ENSO Project, University of Florida, Department of Anthropology.

  • Barborak, James R., David Buck, Kristen Conway, Amanda Holmes, Jerry Mueller, Paula Posas and Byron Real. 2003. El Manejo Participativo de las Areas Protegidas: Situación y Perspectivas en el Ecuador y Paises Vecinos.  Wildlife Conservation Society, Gainesville, FL.

  • Barborak, J., A. Holmes, G.R. Mueller, and J. Peskin. 2002. Community Involvement in Establishment, Planning, and Management of GEF Priority Protected Areas in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Gainesville, FL. Wildlife Conservation Society for the World Bank.