Ay Ay: Diasporan Indigenous AfRaKan Heritage in the Caribbean
A presentation delivered at the 39th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in Merida Yucatan Mexico on Tuesday, May 27.2014. Dr. Davis Kahina is the director of the Virgin Islands and Caribbean Cultural Center nestled within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of the Virgin Islands. Dr. Davis Kahina’s presentation focused on partnerships and collaborations with SUCCEED, Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC), Pan African Diaspora Union (PADU), National Park Service (NPS-STX), Government of the VI, Caribbean NGOs, Opia Taino International, Per Ankh M Smai Tawi and many others committed to the restoration, integrity, reclamation and respect to Diasporan Indigenous AfRaKan Heritages of the Caribbean and beyond. This presentation features a video clip of world- renowned historian, filmmaker and scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his endorsement of the UVI VICCC!!!! Thank you Dr. Gates!

This year’s CSA conference is being held from Monday, May 26.2014 through Friday, May 30, 2014. Excellent information shared by more than 150 scholars from, within and outside of the Caribbean presenting on the CSA2014 Conference theme of Mixing Without Combining? Re/thinking Pluralist Environments in the Caribbean and its Diasporas. Presentations continue to be shared about, for and with respect to the cultivation, preservation and research within the Caribbean islands and regions. Visit www.caribbeanstudiesassociation.org for details or link with the UVI CLASS VICCC!

References:
Yurugu by Marimba Ani
Slave Society in the Danish West Indies by Neville Hall
Listening to Ancestral Wisdom by Chenzira Davis Kahina
Per Ankh: ANKHMES by NebKaRa A.R. Herishetapaheru
Black Skins, White Masks by Franz Fanon
Bantu Traditions & Cosmology by Fu Kiau Kimbandende
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

Special Thanks to Organizers of the 39th Annual Caribbean Studies Association & For Support from the University of the Virgin Islands
Office of UVI President
Office of UVI Provost
Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Mrs. Dian Greaux Levons- CLASS Administrative Executive
Dara Monifah Cooper- UVI Cooperative Extension Service
UVI Students Keeping WUVI Live & Everyone that Supports the VICCC!

Music Courtesy:
Per Ankh Bamboula Drummers
Baba Tayhimba Mtu – Drums
Traditional Wild Indian Drummers of St. Thomas
Chenzira Davis Kahina- “Have A Purpose”

For more information:
Visit: www.viccc.net
Email: viccc@myuvi.net
Call: 340-692-4272 or 340-692-4283

Photography Courtesy VICCC &
Feather of Maat Photography- Anumaat Davis Kahina
Produced by AnuFilmWorks & VICCC
Keep Our VI and Caribbean Culture ALIVE!.

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