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Cimarrón Spirit: Afro-Dominican Maroon Culture

Ruben Duran; Duran, Ruben
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
In the Dominican Republic, as early as 1512, African slaves escaped from Spanish plantations and lived with the island’s Taíno Indians or on their own in mountainous jungles in the remote frontier land of Hispaniola. These people who were known as “cimarrones,” meaning “maroons,” created their own independent communities that have survived for centuries and until recently remained isolated from mainstream Dominican society. These resilient and resourceful “outlaws” have long developed their own celebrations, many of which mock a society that enslaved and branded them. Our documentary examines cimarrón syncretic cultural celebrations and beliefs that are full of magic, fantasy and popular religiosity. We travel the cimarrón regions of the Dominican Republic, near the cities of Elias Piña and Barahona, looking for Dominican Gagá troops and Haitian Rara bands. Traditionally separated by national borders, these religion-based musical forms are beginning to coincide. _Cimarrón Spirit_ explores carnival traditions such as the ritualistic fire burning of the masks and costumes of “Judas,” “Cocorícamo,” and “Tifúas,” as figures important to the cimarrón culture of Elias Piña. We also document the similar yet unique ritualistic practices around the figure of “Las Cachuas de Cabral” in the region of Barahona, and the popular “Los Negros de La Joya” and “El Peje” that so much reflect cimarrón communal behaviors and beliefs.
Director
Ruben Duran
Release Date
2015
Run Time
53 min.
Language
In English,Spanish
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • Film
  • In Process Record.
Published
Ruben Duran, 2015.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Ruben Duran in 2015.
Publisher no.
1181629 Kanopy
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Description
1 online resource (streaming video file) (53 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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