chapter  13
16 Pages

Going Home Again and Again and Again: Coffee Memories, Peasant Food and the Vodou Some of Us Do


For centuries now, especially in popular imagination, Haiti has been incarcerated by labels and phrases that maintain its place somewhere at the bottom of the world order. Haiti needs new or at least other narratives, for the old ones no longer suffi ce. Not only do many of these maxims uphold archaic notions of the republic and in some cases are not factually accurate, they also persist in obscuring the complexity that has historically characterized this other half of Hispaniola.