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Just like the African Griots

From the film 'Daughters of The Dust', by Julie Dash:

".... It was important for the slaves themselves to keep the family ties. Just like the African Griots who would hold these records in dey heads. The old souls in each family could recollect all the births, death, marriage and sale. Those eighteenth century Africans; dey watch us, dey keep us - dey Ancestors."

Whenever my own family research hits a low point, I pull out this DVD to recharge my genealogy batteries. It remains in my top 3 films list.
[The filmmaker is also author of the book by the same title. I highly recommend both.]

This time around, I was struck by the monologue quoted above, particularly recollecting the sales. Perhaps if I were to re-examine the slave narratives, I could find some documented evidence of this.

Does anyone in the Afrigeneas family have a transcribed accounting of such within their lines? That would be awesome and fascinating to share!

Go to the AfriGeneas Book Store to check on the DVD or book.

Go to WorldCat and find a nearby library that has a copy.

“Guided by the Ancestors

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