PLACES OF IDENTITY AND REPRESENTATIONS: BLACKNESS IN THE AFRO-ESMERALDIAN FESTIVAL OF THE KINGS, ECUADOR

Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier

Associate Pwfessor of Anthropology and African-New World Studies
Florida International University

This paper analyzes representations of blackness and the Ecuadorian racial/spatial order performed in the Afro-Esmeraldian Festival of the Kings (Epiphany), as it takes place in two different villages of the Province of Esmeraldas: Santo Domingo de Onzole and La Tola. By focusing on two different villages, my objective is--above and beyond understanding the Fiesta and its representations of blackness--to emphasize the importance of specific local contexts in the study of festivities, despite the existence of various processes of globalization.