Ancestoring: Materializing Afrolatina Memory, Mourning, and Resuscitation through Performance

Solimar Otero (Indiana University)

Performances and objects that are passed along in Afrolatina religions contain elements of mourning, loss, and remembering associated with slave and indigenous pasts of ancestors and practitioners. This presentation situates the performance of the Cuban spirit mediums’ songs alongside Maria Hamilton Abegunde’s poetry to flesh out the idea of gestural archiving. This type of “ancestoring” through performance suggests that the body can mold itself into material sources of memory in ways that extend the temporal and spatial dimensions of who and what performs race and memory.

Part of 02-02 Emerging Perspectives in the Study of Folklore and Performance, Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm