Carlos Chavarria Childhood Memories of Congo before the Road

Interviewee: Carlos Chavarría
Excerpt Description: In this excerpt, Chavarría shares childhood memories about how the Congo tradition was enacted before "the road." In the "closed" community people did not work during carnival season, pooled resources, shared food, and communed together for several days as part of their celebration.
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Interviewer: Renee Alexander Craft
Secondary Interviewer: n/a
Date of Interview: Jul-13
Interview Location: On the front porch of his family home in Portobelo, Panama
Interview Transcribed By: Gustavo Esquina
English Translation By: Oronike Odeleye
Ethnoracial Identity Discussed: Afro-Colonial, Afrodescendiente
Cultural Identity: Congo
Location Mentioned: Portobelo, Panama
Congo Spaces:
Congo Characters: Congos
Congo Tradition Mentioned: Congo culture
Cultural Organization: Congo
Themes Mentioned: Before "the road", Community, Congo tradition
Cultural Festivals: N/A
People Mentioned: Florentina (Carlos' grandmother)
Time Period Mentioned: 1947-1963, 1964-1979
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