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Legalizing IdentitiesBecoming Black or Indian in Brazil's Northeast$
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Jan Hoffman French

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832929

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889886_french

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Buried Alive: A Family Story Becomes Quilombo History

Buried Alive: A Family Story Becomes Quilombo History

(p.154) Chapter 6 Buried Alive: A Family Story Becomes Quilombo History
Legalizing Identities

Jan Hoffman French

University of North Carolina Press

The recognition of Mocambo as a modern-day “quilombo” was accompanied by a cascade of changes in relationships and self-conceptions. At the same time, those transformations have been guided by, and continue to be associated with, continuities in practices, beliefs, and worldviews about race, color, ethnicity, and religion that were salient prior to the invocation of the quilombo clause and that remain embedded in newly configured narratives. This chapter focuses on one such narrative and the changes it reflects and has generated. It chronicles the transformation of a family story into the foundational narrative of those in Mocambo who came to identify themselves as black people descended from fugitive slaves. Through variations in the family story and its appropriation by village teenagers, the story became a play about slavery performed annually to commemorate Mocambo's newly significant past.

Keywords:   Mocambo, self-conceptions, family story, narrative, village teenagers, play, slavery

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