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9 - Uncovering Hidden Histories of Meaning

Guadeloupe Gwoka

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 September 2022

Nanette de Jong
University of Newcastle
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This chapter introduces the drum, song and dance tradition gwoka, from Guadeloupe, tracing its evolution and development through an analysis of gwoka’s most celebrated musicians. By presenting gwoka as a model for unravelling Guadeloupe’s complicated colonial past, the chapter indicates the critical contributions intangible cultural objects like gwoka can make alongside written sources as tools for research.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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Further Listening

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