Haitian Culture And Dance

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Haitian Culture And Dance - Quiz

Questions are based on the assigned reading "To Carry the Dance of the People Beyond" by Jean Leon Destine, Lavinia Williams and Danse Folklorique Haitienne and class lecture.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    This is the Haitian dance performed for the lwa (loa) Ogou

  • 2. 

    On page 155 Polyne argues that research and conversations regarding the "anthropological imagination" were a part of a larger colonial discourse. What does " colonial discourse" mean in this context? 

  • 3. 

    During the 1940's, it was believed that the two main issues needing to be addressed in the context of inter-American affairs were (pp. 154-155):

    • A.

      The insignificant population of Indigenous natives in America and the struggles and achievements proved to be a success of Pan-Americanism and race relations in America

    • B.

      The impact of the Great Depression in Midwest America and the need for creating schools to improve economic success for families who were negatively affected

    • C.

      The significant amount of African descended peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean and the struggles and achievements proved to be a success of Pan-Americanism and race relations in America

    • D.

      The importance of women leading political roles in America and the need for programs that will improve relations between gender groups

    Correct Answer
    C. The significant amount of African descended peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean and the struggles and achievements proved to be a success of Pan-Americanism and race relations in America
    Explanation
    During the 1940s, the main issue that needed to be addressed in the context of inter-American affairs was the significant amount of African descended peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean. This issue was important because it highlighted the struggles and achievements of Pan-Americanism and race relations in America. Understanding and improving the situation for African descended peoples was seen as crucial for fostering better relations between countries in the Americas and promoting equality and justice.

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  • 4. 

    Middle and upper-class travelers were often intrigued by the ________ and ________ idea of Haiti (p.155).

    Correct Answer
    primitive
    mysterious
    Explanation
    Middle and upper-class travelers were often intrigued by the primitive and mysterious idea of Haiti. The word "primitive" suggests that Haiti was seen as a place untouched by modern civilization, with a simpler and more basic way of life. The word "mysterious" implies that Haiti was seen as a place full of secrets and unknown aspects, which sparked curiosity and fascination among travelers. These two ideas together would have made Haiti an intriguing and exotic destination for these travelers.

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  • 5. 

    Haitian folkloric dance served the purpose of constructing a perception of an authentic Haitian cultural identity that attempted to force the Haitian aristocracy to recognize the sacred and secular contributions of the black masses to the formation of the nation and include them in the economic and political decision-making of the state (pp.155-156).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Haitian folkloric dance was used as a means to establish a sense of authentic Haitian cultural identity. This was done in order to compel the Haitian aristocracy to acknowledge the significant contributions of the black masses, both in terms of sacred and secular aspects, to the formation of the nation. The aim was to include them in the economic and political decision-making processes of the state. This implies that the statement is true.

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  • 6. 

    The dance represented by the lwa (loa) named Baron Guede Samedi which is often danced with a cane is called (class lecture):

    • A.

      Yanvalou

    • B.

      Kongo

    • C.

      Ogou

    • D.

      Banda

    Correct Answer
    D. Banda
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Banda. Banda is the dance represented by the lwa (loa) named Baron Guede Samedi, which is often danced with a cane. This dance is associated with the Vodou religion and is performed to honor and communicate with the spirits. Banda is characterized by rhythmic movements and the use of props, such as canes, to enhance the performance.

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  • 7. 

    The emerging popularity of Haitian dance, music, and painting attracted curious tourists and artists and helped decline Haitian cultural production and consumption (p.157).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that the emerging popularity of Haitian dance, music, and painting attracted tourists and artists, which helped decline Haitian cultural production and consumption. However, this statement is false. The correct answer is false because the sentence contradicts itself. It states that the emerging popularity attracted tourists and artists, which would actually increase cultural production and consumption, not decline it.

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  • 8. 

    Popular dances in Haiti became the representation of national culture and identity, while religious rituals perpetuated notions of Haitians ________ and cultural ________ (p.161).

    Correct Answer
    primitivism
    inferiority
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that popular dances in Haiti became a way for the people to express and showcase their national culture and identity. On the other hand, religious rituals perpetuated the belief that Haitians were primitive and inferior in terms of their cultural practices. This implies that while the dances celebrated their culture, the religious rituals reinforced negative stereotypes about the Haitian people.

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  • 9. 

    On pages 155-156 the Millery Polyne delineates 3 purposes of Haitian folkloric dance that, in summary, "operated as a vehicle to articulate Haiti's right to participate in inter-American and global affairs (p. 156). Polyne's analysis is an example of people using dance to  provide/offer solutions to issues stemming from

    • A.

      Identity politics

    • B.

      Political, cultural, and economic relations

    • C.

      Race, gender, and culture

    • D.

      Educational, spiritual and political issues

    Correct Answer
    B. Political, cultural, and economic relations
    Explanation
    Polyne's analysis of Haitian folkloric dance demonstrates how dance can be used as a means to address and navigate issues related to political, cultural, and economic relations. By using dance as a vehicle, Haiti asserts its right to participate in inter-American and global affairs, highlighting the significance of these three factors in shaping international interactions. Dance becomes a form of expression and communication, allowing Haiti to assert its identity and engage in discussions and negotiations on a global scale.

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  • 10. 

    What is the name of this dance (class activity)? ________

    Correct Answer
    Nago
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