Dr. Cynthia Duncan, Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies at the University of Washington in Tacoma, will guide you on a unique journey through the history and contributions of Afro-Cuban Cultures and Religions to Cuba in collaboration with La Universidad de Cienfuegos (UCf), Sociedad El Cristo, Sociedad Santa Bárbara, Sociedad San Roque and the Casino de los Congos “San Antonio de Padua.”
This carefully designed series of workshops and guided events to be held in two cities over eight days/seven nights will bring to life an intensive combination of academic and practical learning. The program culminates with active participation in the Festival of Santa Bárbara/ Changó, an important community event with a 100-year old history in Palmira. Join members of the Afro-Cuban cabildos in the procession and preparation of the altars and offerings to the orichas.
Through a series of workshops held at La Universidad de Cienfuegos and at the societies, you will embark on an exciting educational and cultural experience that is not offered elsewhere. The Festival of Santa Bárbara/ Changó represents one of the most authentic folk celebrations in Cuba and you’ll have an opportunity to participate side by side with members of the community.
On your journey, you will:
This trip is open to everyone with a strong interest in Lucumí religion and culture, as well as people with an interest in Latin American Studies, African American Studies, Cuban Studies, Religious Studies, and Comparative Religions.
Many of the activities are in Spanish but translators will be available.
This is a people-to-people trip covered under general license as per 31 CFR §515.565(b) the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Civitas Global Educational Services is a licensed provider of people-to-people travel. (License No. CT-2014-312375-1)