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T Haiti’s past present and future A must read” Claudine Michel ditor Journal of Haitian Studies   future A must read” Claudine Michel ditor Journal of Haitian Studies   an impressively rich cultural landscape inhabited by women and men whose legendary resilience in the face of adversity clothes a ferocious dedication to their identity as free people” LeGrace Benson author of Arts and Religions of Haiti How the Sun Illuminates Under Cover of Darkness   Gathering oral stories and visual art from Haiti and two of its “motherlands” in Africa Istwa across the Water recovers the submerged histories of the island through methods drawn from its deep spiritual and cultural traditions   Toni Pressley Sanon three theoretical anchors to bring together parts of the african diaspora bring parts of the African diaspora are. .


“Untwines the aesthetic sociohistorical and spiritual ties that bind and unbind the first black republic to the African continent” Gina Athena Ulysse author of Why Haiti Needs New Narratives A Post uake Chronicle   “A nonlinear creative powerful reflection on history and the stories we tell about ourselves What was disconnected is now remembered using the very tools and methodologies mployed by Haitians themselves” Patrick Bellegarde Smith author of Haiti The Breached Citadel   “Pressley Sanon’s important book employed by Haitians themselves” Patrick Bellegarde Smith author of Haiti The Breached Citadel   “Pressley Sanon’s important book that Haitian Vodou is a serious nterprise with "Its Own Phenomenology And Epistemologies And That The Religion’s Uniue "own phenomenology and pistemologies and that the religion’s uniue dimensions offer Initiatory Answers To Otherwise Unanswerable Uestions Abou. answers to otherwise unanswerable uestions abou. ,

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Profoundly fractured because of the slave trade The first is the Vodou concept of marasa or twinned ntities which she uses to identify parts of Dahomey the present the Vodou concept of marasa or twinned ntities which she uses to identify parts of Dahomey the present Benin Republic and the Kongo region as Haiti’s twinned sites of cultural production Second she draws on poet Kamau Brathwaite’s idea of tidalectics the back and forth movement Of Ocean Waves As ocean waves as way to look at the cultural xchange set in motion by the transatlantic movement of captives Finally Pressley Sanon searches out the places where history and memory intersect in story xpressed by the Kreyòl term istwa   Challenging the tendency to read history linearly this volume offers a bold new approach for understanding Haitian histories and imagining Haitian futures  . Istwa across the Water