Legacy of 1804 with guests Manbo Dowoti Désir and Katleen Félix (AUDIO) #Haiti #Podcast

My guest last week on Legacy of 1804 was Manbo Dowoti Désir. We discussed Fèt Gede, the alleged cuttings of mapou trees by protestant missions in Haiti and the June 2012 constitutional amendment which repealed safeguards for religious freedom built into the 1987 Haitian constitution. We also discussed CARICOM's slavery reparations case. 

Dowoti Désir is a Manbo Asogwe and a scholar of Haitian Vodou. She is the Founder and President of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Watch Group (www.ddpawatchgroup.info). She utilizes interfaith exchanges and cultural diplomacy to facilitate better understanding of AfroAtlantic spiritual systems in the global North. She has written extensively about the contemporary and sacred arts of the African Diaspora, its religions and sociopolitical issues impacting the global African community. Her book, 'Wòch Kase wòch: Redlining a Holocaust, Memorials and the People of the AfroAtlantic,' focusing on the right to memory, the built environment, and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, will be available in 2014. She is a graduate of Barnard College and has a Master's degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

In the second hour, we also talked to Katleen Félix of Fonkoze and Zafèn about the 2nd Annual NAHP conference which took place last weekend.  

Download or listen at the link and player below.

Show theme music is by Buyu Ambroise from the album Blues in Red. 


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