Empirical research which I undertook as fieldwork with the Surinamese Bush Negro people and travels to the capital and urban centers of Suriname during the last decade have increasingly raised my awareness of how globalization affects their indigenous arts practices. The fast and intense exchanges of people, goods, media, and electronic advancements across continents, as well as into previously remote villages in Suriname’s interior, have impacted the ways and conditions in which the Bush Negro people can continue traditional arts practices. In this paper, I will discuss the central role that the arts have played in their indigenous culture and the impact of globalization on the social structures of their lives. Findings suggest that while the artistic traditions of the indigenous Bush Negro people in the villages have declined, new attempts are being made to continue artistic practices by joining existing structures in urban areas.
|Keywords:||Arts, Indigenous People, Culture, Continuity and Discontinuity, Surinamese Bush Negro, Globalization|
Assistant Professor, Arts Education, School of Education, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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