African Saga is a must read book on the African Diaspora in the Americas. Friedemann writes
with definitive ethnographic and ethnohistorical detail about the cultural
origins in Africa, forced labor in the Americas, and the contemporary
role of African descent peoples. Although she wrote seventeen books, this
is her most comprehensive statement about the African experience in Latin
Nina S. de Friedemann was one of the creators
of the field of Afro-Colombian studies and arguably the most important
researcher of her time on the subject. In recognition of her scholarship
and writing, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and nominated for
the International Gabriela Mistral Prize, established by the Organization
of American States.
She was Latin American Coordinator for the
UNESCO Project on the Slave Route and worked throughout the Americas and
Africa on issues of the African Diaspora. She was founding editor of the
journal America Negra and Co-Director of the Program for Afro-Colombian
Development. She was a founding member of the Colombian Anthropological
Society and President of the National Writers' Guild. Internationally
she held positions as Research Associate in social change at Emory University
and Visiting Professorships at Georgia State University, University of
Alabama, and the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research.
Comprehensive review of Afro-Colombian
history. At the same time, powerful tool to combat racism due to the way
it highlights the contributions made by African captives and their descendants
to the building of their nation. A book committed to the future of Africanness
in the Americas, due to the political and ethical framework which also
guided the life of its author, Nina S. de Friedemann.
-- Jaime Arocha, Professor of Anthropology
National University of Colombia Author of Utopia para los excluidos and others
The late Nina Friedemann introduced a radical but reasonable
afrocentrism into the literature on Afro-Colombian people by drawing on
her extensive and impressive ethnography synergized with painstaking history,
ethnohistory, narrative historicity and even archaeology of Africa and
the Americas. Her short work, African Saga,-controversial though it was
in Spanish, and controversial though it will be in English - bears testimony
not only to her scholarship, but to the endurance and creativity of African-American
peoples in lands of violence. Required reading for all students and scholars
of the African Diaspora.
-- Norman Whitten Professor of Anthropology University
of Illinois Author of Black Frontiersmen and others
...Nina S. de Friedemann is an inevitable reference
in Afro-Colombian studies
-- Manuel Zapata Olivella Author of Chango, el gran
putas and Chambacu, Black Slum among others
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