Garifuna Music and Dance in New Orleans Records, 2008

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2008 (Date created)
Creator and/or Contributor
Louisiana Folklife Program (creator)
Scope and Content Note

Documentation of the New Populations study of the Garifuna music, dance, and culture in New Orleans. Interviews were recorded on 8 cassette tapes in 2008 in English, Spanish, and Garifuna. Additional materials include correspondence between researcher Amy Serrano and Director Maida Owens, research concerning Garifuna history, and a DVD of Serrano’s documentary Sugar Babies. Digital material include copies of interviews in addition to performance audio, video, and photographs.

The following is a list of the recordings included in this sub-series in order of tape number:
1788.  Jose Dolmo, 08/10/2008
1789.  Dona Zoila & Don Pablo Martinez, 08/12/2008
1790.  Dona Maria Elena Zuniga, 08/16/2008
1791.  Efrain Amaya & Fidel Amaya, 08/16/2008
1792.  Garifuna Mass, 11/09/2008
1793.  Olga Suazo with Rutilia Fiueroa & Juana Flores, 11/17/2008
1794.  Zulema & Martin Martinez & Maria Elena Zuniga Jr., 11/29/2008
1795.  Juan Martinez Sambula, 12/05/2008

Administrative/Biographical History Element

Focused on the music and dance culture of the Garifuna, this New Populations project was carried out in 2008. Amy Serrano's project article, "From Punta to Chumba: Garifuna Music and Dance in New Orleans may be found on the New Populations page of the Louisiana Folklife Program's website".

"My research methods and strategies involved a combination of one on one exploratory conversations with cultural or social service brokers into the community; educational meetings with actual members of the subject community; investigative research; observation of rituals by attending events hosted by community; once accepted into community, sharing their meals and collecting insight during gatherings; finding and listening to recordings of the community’s music, and learning to differentiate between rhythms and intention."

Serrano, Amy. 2009. "New Population Project Field Report Garifuna Music and Dance in New Orleans" Louisiana Folklife Program. Populations reports/Garifuna-Serrano-FieldReport.doc.


System of Arrangement

Materials may be found in the following series within the Louisana Folklife Program Project Files:

  • XXXV. New Populations - Subseries 6. Garifuna Music and Dance in New Orleans.

General Note

Collection is available for review at LSU Libraries Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, Baton Rouge, La.

2 (folders)
3.96 (GB)
8 (cassette tapes)
English (Languages)
Garifuna (Languages)
Spanish (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Folk Music (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Garifuna (Caribbean people) (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Garifuna (Caribbean people)--Louisiana--Ethnic Identity. (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Sacred Music (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Preferred Citation
Louisiana Folklife Program Project Files, Mss. 4730, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Related Entities:
Louisiana Folklife Program (creator)