Woodrow W. Denham
The Barbados text collection should be huge for Nancy and I made many trips there and spent a lot of time working and traveling in the island throughout the period 1978-88. Unfortunately, that came just when I burned out on anthropology and felt much less verbal than is my wont. The Season of Gilbert and Joan (under St. Lucia, below) contains frequent references to our experiences in Barbados and elsewhere in the Caribbean.
- Barbados: West Indian Green Monkeys A book that I wrote about the history of green monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) in Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis. (PDF, 901KB)
- Barbados: Reviews of West Indian Green Monkeys: Problems in Historical Biogeography
- Greece: Blue Monkeys of Thera (1 Illustration) The colossal volcanic eruption in 1500 BC that destroyed much of Minoan Civilization on the Greek Island of Thera, now called Santorini, did an amazing job of preserving the frescoes that decorated the interiors of homes in the village of Akrotiri. Of particular interest here is the Blue Monkey Fresco, which we encountered by sheer chance when we visited Santorini in 2003. The fresco depicts monkeys that are strikingly similar in form and posture to members of the genus Cercopithecus, including green monkeys, vervets and grivets. I include it here because it is ancient, beautiful and fascinating, not because it tells us anything specifically about green monkeys in the Caribbean. Indirectly, however, it may say a great deal about the ecological adaptability of Cercopithecines. This painting is directly related to paintings of blue monkeys at Knossos (McDermott, W.C., The Ape in Antiquity. The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Archaeology No. 27, Baltimore 1938). For more information, see http://projectsx.dartmouth.edu/classics/history/bronze_age/index.html.
- Barbados: Graphics 1978-88 (601) I took these photographs during many years of intermittent teaching and research in the island. Together they constitute a collection of visual material that I hope has some aesthetic merit. More important however is its potential value for teaching and research. Most of these twenty-three sets of photos are broad and deep enough to give you a solid visual introduction to some particular aspect of life in Barbados in the 1980s. In a sense, the 601 photos included here are comprehensive enough to provide a kind of “statistical summary” of life in the island. I have not included just a few pretty pictures on each topic. Rather, in the case of the sugar industry for example, I have included 75 photos dealing specifically with Sugar Production and Sugar Factories, 12 with rum production, 46 with the Crop Over festival that marks the end of the cane harvest, and many others that deal with specific aspects of the sugar industry such as the limestone cap on the island, land use patterns, chattel houses, monkeys as agricultural pests, and so on; i.e., over 150 photos that have a direct or indirect bearing on the sugar industry. The same is true of other broad topics such as the geology and botany of the island, the fishing industry, domestic architecture, and so on.
St. Lucia 1986-88
Nancy and I visited St. Lucia several times and I lived there for three months when I taught in a satellite program of the University of the West Indies that was housed at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Castries.
Trinidad and Tobago 1987-88
In conjunction with our travels throughout the Caribbean, we did some consulting with British West Indian Airways (BWIA), Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Board (TTTB) and Caribbean Tourism Association (CTA). I took these photos with the support and encouragement of BWIA and TTTB, and presented them, in conjunction with photos from Barbados and St. Lucia, at a workshop on educational tourism at the CTA annual convention in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 1988.
- Trinidad and Tobago: Graphics 1987-88 *
While Ecuador really isn’t in the Caribbean, we visited there during our “Caribbean Phase” and experienced it from a Caribbean perspective. By that I mean we were thinking of it primarily in the context of a course in the history and sociology of New World Civilizations that I had just taught in St. Lucia, focusing on topics such as early American Indian societies; the Spanish cultural legacy in Latin America; and cultural continuities among African American societies in the Caribbean and South America.
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