Paulette Ramsay, a senior lecturer in Spanish at the University of the West Indies, introduced her new book about the history of Afro-Mexicans being ignored by mainstream Mexican society in a lecture on Thursday.
Her new book is called "Afro-Mexican Constructions of Diaspora, Gender, Identity and Nation."
“In all of (the) continent of Latin America, there are groups of people of African decent whose presence is often denied by their respective societies. Mexico is no different,” Ramsay said. “My research expands the existing critical materials of Afro-Mexico and contests Mexico’s definition of itself as a homogeneous mestizo nation.”
The history of Afro-Mexicans could be traced back to the early colonial period when early slaves were brought by their Spanish masters, but their existence has been lesser known.
“Afro-Mexicans maintained their distinctive cultural identities through their culinary style, religious practices and their folk dances, such as the devil dance,” she said.