Afro-Aboriginal Women Healers in the Caribbean and its Diasporas



May 17, 2017
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union
EMU 231 & 232 
Cedar / Spruce Rooms

A CLLAS Faculty Grantee presentation by Alai Reyes-Santos (Ethnic Studies) and Ana Lara (Anthropology).

“Women’s Role in Afro-Indigenous Healing Traditions in the Caribbean and its Diasporas” is an interdisciplinary study examining Caribbean women’s roles in Afro-Indigenous healing traditions and how their healing work contributes to their empowerment in their communities. Research sites include the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Pacific Northwest. Professor Lara is an anthropology professor and ethnographer and Professor Reyes-Santos is a professor of ethnic studies trained in literary and cultural studies. The study draws on their methodological areas of expertise to incorporate a) analysis of cultural narratives centering Caribbean women healers and b) ethnographic research among Caribbean women healers.




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