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14 - Narratives of Return

Carriacou and the Big Drum Ritual

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 September 2022

Nanette de Jong
University of Newcastle
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This chapter introduces the Big Drum through narratives of ‘return’ exploring the ritual as a medium for activating ancestral memories and crafting New World belonging. It is told through the works of two women—Lorna McDaniel and Zakia Sewell. Their works depict and speak to different Big Drum accounts of ’homecoming’, including the ritual’s promise of ancestral return.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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