Carlos Chavarria Memories of Congo before the Road

Interviewee: Carlos Chavarría
Excerpt Description: In this excerpt, Chavarría shares memories about how the Congo tradition of Portobelo was enacted before "the road" opened up the town to the broader community. Then, Congo carnival was a intimate community celebration in which everyone participated.
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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, Congo name
Cultural Organization: Congos
Themes Mentioned: Before "the road", Community, Congo tradition, Cultural performance
Cultural Festivals: N/A
People Mentioned: N/A
Time Period Mentioned: 1947-1963, 1964-1979
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