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Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

Richard Price

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226680583
eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

Thirty-five years into his research among the descendants of rebel slaves living in the South American rain forest, the author of this book encountered Tooy, a priest, philosopher, and healer living ... More


The Soldier's Charm 0000800

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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9780226680576
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses the findings of the author's research related to the photocopied piece of paper that Tooy made Roland wear around his neck to serve as protection. He searched his occult French ... More


Night of the Cats 06212000

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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eISBN:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter focuses on the presence of the many cats in the house of Tooy in Cayenne, French Guiana. Tooy and his assistants are always driving the cats away but they keep coming back. They do not ... More


Enstoolment 06302001

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses Tooy's enstoolment as the first Saramaka captain of Cayenne, French Guiana on June 30, 2001. It describes the enstoolment celebration and Tooy's admission that he was worried ... More


New World Beginnings 1712

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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9780226680576
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses Tooy's account of the arrival of his African ancestors to French Guiana in 1712. It explains how Tooy's ancestors rain priest Gweyunga and his wife Beti-Kadosu acquired land ... More


The Pink House 05081986/06071997

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter describes the bright-pink concrete house of Kaluse, Tooy's assistant in healing. The house is located in one of the rougher neighborhoods of Cayenne, French Guiana and the backyard ... More


Antamá at War 01201753

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter focuses on Antama, the precious warrior who is an ancestor of Tooy. According to Tooy's story, Antama was forced to go to war against the whites when he lost his brother Makambi in ... More


Thunder Axes 00000000

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0016
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter focuses on the so-called thunder axes of the Samarakas. It explains that the Samarakas believe that thunder axes crash to the ground during lightning storms and they are kept in ... More


Storm Clouds 07082001

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0018
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses the assault on Tooy in July 2001, just a week after his enstoolment as Saramaka captain of Cayenne. According to Tooy, he saw the assault coming as a result of several ... More


Tooy Teaching I—Mostly Luângu and Púmbu 04182005/05302005

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0036
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses the teaching of Tooy on the Luangu and Pumbu language and rituals. Tooy has observed that Luangu and Pumbu songs are often performed incorrectly by young people. He explained ... More


Martinique 01012000

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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ISBN:
9780226680583
eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter relates the author's experience in having Tooy, a Samaraka priest from Cayenne, French Guiana, help his friend Roland with his problems using voodoo or supernatural methods. It explains ... More


Sea Gods 00000000

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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9780226680576
Item type:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter describes Tooy's singing to the sea gods. It explains that Samaraka sea gods are known to have particular affinities with white people and that for forty years the author had a special ... More


Dúnguláli-Óbia 00000000

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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9780226680576
Item type:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses the next step in Tooy's voodoo treatment of Roland. It describes the procedure which involved a bag of toad, empty beer bottles, six supermarket eggs, and some king of liquid ... More


The Beach At Cock's Crow 04092000

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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ISBN:
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eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter focuses on Tooy's final voodoo treatment of Roland in Martinique. It describes a procedure which involved the use of white cotton cloth, a box of eggs, a bottle of cane syrup, a bottle ... More


End of the Road 06202000

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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ISBN:
9780226680583
eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter describes Tooy's house in Cayenne, French Guiana. Tooy lives at the edge of the city where Cayenne meets the forest. He has lived in this spot for almost twenty years, since the ... More


Tooy Possessed 2000/2006

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter focuses on the spirit possession of Tooy in 2000 and 2006. It explains that Tooy would slip into possession so gently that it was only detectable by the way he addressed his ... More


Mother Africa 1690/1712

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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ISBN:
9780226680583
eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses Tooy's views about Africa. It explains that Tooy considers Africa as a land of men's men and the place where those who prepared themselves properly could take off and soar like ... More


Gweyúnga, The Rain Priest 1690/1754

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0013
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter discusses the spiritually dangerous incident that occurred inside Wet-Eye Creek in Dahomey during the eighteenth-century wars against the whites which involved rain priest Gweyunga, an ... More


Master of the House 06222000

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226680583
eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0017
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter focuses on Tooy's reunion with his wife Ma Yaai. When Tooy saw Ma Yaai he immediately ushered her into his Wenti chamber, where her god and his joined them almost immediately. This ... More


Sex, Magic, and Murder 06212001/1754

in Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination

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2007
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March 2013
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eISBN:
9780226680576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226680576.003.0019
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter explores why Tooy's blind brother Sensilo gets upset with the mention of the name of Kwasimukamba. It explains that Sensilo believes that it was Kwasimukamba's revenge that caused his ... More


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