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Caribbean Cultural Heritage and the Nation

Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao in a Regional Context

344 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Centuries of intense and involuntary migrations deeply impacted the development of the creolised cultures on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. This volume describes various forms of cultural heritage produced on these islands over time and whether these heritages are part of their 'national' identifications. What forms of heritage express the idea of a shared "we" (nation-building) and what images are presented to the outside world (nation-branding)? What cultural heritage is shared between the islands and what are some real or perceived differences? In this book, examples of cultural heritage on these three islands ranging from sports to questions of reparations, from museums to digital humanities, from archaeology to music, from language and literature to tourism, and from visual art to diaspora policies are compared to developments elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Author Bio
Alex van Stipriaan was, until his retirement in late 2020 professor of Caribbean History and Culture at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He published extensively on (slavery) history, cultural heritage, and artists of Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean. Luc Alofs (University of Aruba) studied cultural anthropology and obtained a PhD as historian. He is senior research lecturer at the Faculty of Arts & Science and a senior researcher at the Aruba Institute for Good Governance and Leadership. Francio Guadeloupe is an anthropologist and senior researcher at KITLV-KNAW and an associated Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.