chapter  1
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Popular/traditional cultural signifi ers in the Caribbean and the Americas

The history of the Caribbean and the Americas, over the past half a millennium, is a history of migrations, of ‘diverse arrivants’, voluntary and forced, ‘into the real estate tenanted by indigenous Native Americans’. 1 This explains the multiple narratives that inform the historical and contemporary landscape of the region. Continuities of the heritage of migrants from Europe, West Africa, and Asia are manifested in the cultural signifi ers under consideration in this chapter.