Make Something Happen – Douala

December 25th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses

Day Two, – Orientation – A Tribe Called Quest released the 2 CD set, We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service 

Day Three  – Exploration, Planning, Tributes.

On the ground, introduction and adjustment to Douala, the time zone, Sawa culture, protocol and traditions.

These were memorable days, filled with many firsts and the grooving rhythms of the latest ATCQ sounds.

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Canton Bell. Tribute to the Ancestors.

 

Vault of Douala Manga Bell

 

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Canton Bell. Learning the history, the geography. Understanding the course of events.

 

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Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

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Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Canton Bell

Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

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Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Canton Bell.

Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Upscale Apartment House Living in Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon. Multi story, brick fascade, balconies, ironwork and decorative ornamentation are popular characteristics of modern architectural design in Douala.

Upscale Apartment House Living in Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

Multi story floor plans, brick masonry facade, balconies, elaborate ironwork, border walls and gates are typical decorative ornamentation that are popular characteristics of modern architectural design in Douala.

Pictured on the lower left is a man washing his hands at a water spigot. It is customary for affluent property owners to provide a water spigot for public use, outside the gates of the property.

Many apartment houses are mixed use family compound; income property. Many upscale apartment houses enjoy impressive monthly rental revenues and appear to be sound real estate investments.

Traditionally called Canton Bell, the traditional community extends from Bali to Bonapriso, including Bonanjo, Bonaduma.

Traditionally called Canton Bell, the traditional community extends from Bali to Bonapriso, including Bonanjo, Bonaduma.

 

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropology Scholar, (1933 - 1995). Documentarian of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropologist, (1933 – 1995).
Researcher, Preservationist of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

 

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropology Scholar, (1933 - 1995). Documentarian of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropologist, (1933 – 1995).
Researcher, Preservationist of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

 

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On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

 

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

 

On the Move. Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the Move.
Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in evidence throughout the Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place in everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress in all communities throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place in everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress in all communities throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

 

Moving through Douala traffic is no joke. #gooddriver

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Moving through Douala traffic is no joke. #gooddriver

 

Preservation of Sawa culture, lineage and traditions is competitive sport. Sawa villages in Douala, host competitions in pursuit of excellence and recognition at the annual Ngondo Festival, first Sunday in December.

Yes! Right on!

 

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Preservation of Sawa culture, lineage and traditions is sport. Sawa villages in Douala, host competitions in pursuit of excellence and recognition at the annual Ngondo Festival, first Sunday in December. Yes! Right on!

 

Received by the Mangon of the Canton Bell King, I was humbled to be in the presence of this regal lady. Blessed beyond measure.

Saturday Night in Douala. Received by the Mangon of the Canton Bell King.
High honor to extend warm greetings and be in the presence of an important royal elder.
Blessed beyond measure. Canton Bell, Douala, Cameroon.

Atlanta to Douala

December 22nd, 2016 by admin Categories: Atlanta, Cameroun, Destinations, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses
Atlanta to Douala

Day One: The journey begins.

Passing through the time space continuum.

In search of Jengu Restorative Healing.

Look for me.

Six hours forward.

Peace on.

See you in a day…

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Look for me in the wind.
See you in a day…

 

Moving Thru Time Space Continuum November 9 November 10

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Moving
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Moving
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November 10

 

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Moving
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November 10

 

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Moving
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November 10

 

Welcome to Cameroon Bienvenue au Cameroun

Welcome to Cameroon
Bienvenue au Cameroun

 

Taste - Lean, Fresh Jengu Restorative Health

Nourishment, Togetherness, Fresh, Lean, Taste.
Jengu Restorative Health.
UNITY.

La Habana – Santiago

December 11th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroun, Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Field Study Research, Havana Jazz Festival Tour, Mobile No Responses

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Day 31 La Habana – Domingo

My body clock is still on Douala time, but I promise, it really is getting better. Slowly, surely, one day at a time I am slaying the tight grip of the jet lag beast. For instance, instead of awakening at 2:00 am EST like I did on Day 28, today I woke up at 4:00 am EST. That is two more hours, this is progress, my spirit is catching up with my body, so I have no complaints. Being optimistic, the early morning wake up has given me the opportunity to get organized, plan and complete important paperwork for the 2017 season.

Plus yesterday, the West Coast contingent arrived via commercial airlines for a 10 day maiden journey to Cuba. This cultural immersion field research project focuses on Afro Cuban Cultural Traditions, Architecture and Music in Public Spaces. On this project itinerary we will explore La Habana, journey to Santiago de Cuba for two nights visit, enjoy a day trip to Las Terrazas and Viñales, then mid week three more guests will join the fold and we will all attend the 32nd International Festival Jazz Plaza.

Although later today I might get sleepy, no worries, we are here in Cuba, we have our Festival passes, Santiago flight tickets, and we are ready to have a good time.
Bless.

December 10, 2016

December 11th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Destinations, Field Study Research, Random No Responses

img_0320Day 30. La Habana – Sábado.

December my birth month has begun with a bang, christened with kisses from Ocean, Rain, Sun. Kribi, Douala, Bwassalo, Douala, Paris, Miami, La Habana.

Straight up and down, the Universe says that big girls like me, get no shorts. Since none are needed, none will be given.

Which basically means that all big girls, eh all grown woman are clear about their needs, weaknesses and boundaries. Yes I be lady o.

And that lady over there, she’s my sister, so watch it, we are moving through this thing together!!

So Ms. December, off into the wild blue yonder you go. Those who care about your progress and happiness, will watch your back. As for those who do not –fuck ’em. Remember that unless you let them, they can’t touch you anyway.

Meantime queens are born in December, so carry on and proceed accordingly.

Miami Layover

December 8th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroun, Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Field Study Research, Havana Jazz Festival Tour, Mobile No Responses

Day 28 – Stateside layover.

Miami = My Am I _______ fill in the blank.

Body in Miami. Spirit still in Douala.

Should be sleeping. Jet lag is a beast.

Will take a nap when I get where I am going.

Usually I say when I arrive in Miami— My am I the most beautiful woman in the world. But today I will say— My am I the most jet lagged woman in the world.

Bless!

I just came out of my clothes and crashed. Feel asleep Miami time only to wake up on Douala time. #jetlagged

I just came out of my clothes and crashed. Fell asleep Miami time only to wake up on Douala time. Reusing the plastic wrap from the Super Mont water, from Cameroon.
On the wagon and off the grid. Next stop La Habana.#jetlagged #bless

#jetlagged #blessed #roadrunner #Cameroon #Cuba

Diaspora Journey Project Fall 2016

October 15th, 2016 by admin Categories: Brasil, Cameroun, Cuba, Featured, Field Study Research, Martha's Vineyard No Responses
Diaspora Journey Project Fall 2016

Recently we realized that our 20th anniversary is 2018!

Now is the moment to create something significant and special to celebrate.

Earlier this year I enjoyed my virgin trip to the Motherland with a visit to The Cameroon.

Douala, Bwassalo, Bafoussam, Bandjoun, Bayangam, Yaounde, Kribi, Limbe and Bimba, it was a milestone indeed.

Since then there have been visits to Cuba, Tacoma, Seattle, Martha’s Vineyard and New York.

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Over the course of these trips and many conversations, my tribe has kept me thoroughly engaged and inspired.

One especially memorable chat was with my sisterfriend Joye.

She shared with me that as travelers we do not engage in any type of retreats.

That we Sisters are forward thinkers, and therefore we travel for Advances.

The purpose of travel is for advancement.

 

 

Enlightened by this outlook, came the birth of the Diaspora Seasonal Advances 2018.

Diaspora Seasonal Advances are travel projects that explore, practice and restore African Diaspora cultural ties for Afrocentric people.

Offering intelligent, responsible African Diaspora travel in community.

We make space to enjoy culturally meaningful group travel experiences.

 

The 2018 Diaspora Seasonal Advance Project will happen at minimum, once per season and twice in summer.

Each Diaspora Seasonal Advance covers one region significant in African Diaspora history.

The idea is to visit fun and interesting destinations.

A few destinations where we are making plans to contribute to the conscious global vibe.

Africa – Cameroon

Caribbean – Cuba

South America – Brasil

North America – American Beach FL, Sullivan’s Island SC, Martha’s Vineyard MA.

 

 

Update with details for the 2018 Diaspora Seasonal Advances will get posted here in January 2017.

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Ready for this next project.

Thought, care and attention to the details of this journey

Will prove a wise investment.

Asé.

 

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Introduction

 

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This is Africa.

This is Africa.

Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes…

September 21st, 2016 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Havana Jazz Festival Tour, Mobile, Random No Responses
Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes…

Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes the other: 4 Days In La Habana #productive

 

 

Dialogo con mi Abuela

September 12th, 2016 by admin Categories: Conversation with mi Abuela, Cuba, Dialogo con mi Abuela, Herstory Indy Film Fest, Random No Responses
Dialogo con mi Abuela

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Atlanta GA: AARL – Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue, 30303

5:00 pm Saturday September 10, 2016.

“Dialogue con mi Abuela / Conversation with my Abuela” the latest production from Cuban independent film director Gloria Rolando and Imagenes del Caribe was screened for the Atlanta community.

A beautiful and thought provoking homage to Grandmothers and grandmother energy, the film was very well received by the engaged and well dressed audience.

We were all excited to see the newest independent film from Havana Cuba on the silver screen, in the recently constructed auditorium at the AARL. The atmosphere was low key and delightful.

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Centered around a 1993 cassette recorded conversation between Gloria Rolando and her Grandmother, Sra. Inocencia Armas y Abreu. Addressing the complexity of the human condition, the film vis a vis their conversation, explores the significance of class, ethnicity, complexion, social stratification, African descendent representation in public spaces, spiritual customs and historic reflections about politics in early 20th century Cuba.

Afterward the audience enjoyed an excellent conversation with Gloria. It was a very enlightening experience. Really glad that she could be in Atlanta again. More importantly this project illustrates the importance of documenting and maintaining family archives, history and customs.

Next stops are: Minneapolis, New Orleans, UC Irvine, UNC Chapel Hill.

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Public Space – the internet

August 20th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Field Study Research, Mobile, Public History Programming, Random No Responses

There have been vast improvements in Internet access in Cuba since the days of dial up service in 2011.

Many may say there has not been enough change in communication service.

Within six weeks of the announcement of the diplomatic normalization process between Cuba and U.S., immediately changes were seen in price, availability and accessibility of the illusive WIFI signal.

By July summer 2015, the WIFI signal had expanded beyond the confines of hotel lobbies, to plazas and public spaces in neighborhoods around La Habana and in every Province.

Access has broadened from primarily the tourism economy to everyone with access to a prepaid ETECSA password.

Limited seating on a ledge or holding up a wall, ETECSA WIFI offers the bare minimum accommodations in exchange for relatively strong prepaid internet access.

Even sitting on the curb in the heat of August, checking for shade and the best WIFI signal, if I had the chance to set up dual residence, I would do so in a heart beat.

Duces.

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It’s Happening – CUBA Live!

July 31st, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Featured, Field Study Research, MIldred G. Skillman Fund, Public History Programming No Responses
It’s Happening – CUBA Live!
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Cienfuegos Lighthouse, Summer 2016.

The Measure: Heading Back to The Source.

A few months ago one of my sister’s playmates from childhood, called me out of the blue to say that she wanted to experience a point and shoot adventure in Cuba. Shocked, I asked her straight up, you mean you want to go with me to Cuba, to stand in the street and take photographs? You have a deal!!!

Our most interesting guests approach us with special requests. We love doing special.

Thus far we have done, Feria del Libro, Festival Jazz Plaza, African American Artists and Abstraction, Cuban Architecture, surprise birthdays, permaculture, freestyle, and for this second time, point and shoot. Not to mention all the cool events coming up in 2017.

Social capital greases the wheels, making sure that we have an excellent time along the way.

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The Jazz Dancers – Festival Jazz Plaza 2015.

 

So here we are now. A couple of us will go over first.

A few days later our Travelfriend will join us.

Then when the team is complete, we will set off on our triangular road trip, to point and shoot all things Cuban.

Faces, sights, sounds, smells, tastes and of course we will touch most everything.

Over the past few weeks the excitement has been so high, that I have often wanted to scream.

Who knows, perhaps instead there will simply be quiet tears upon arrival.

Meantime we have plans and the image of the Cristal Girl will have to hold me until I make contact with the sand.

The Cristal Girl is from my very first visit, she has magic and sends all of us Love, Peace and palm grease.

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Playa Ancon, Spring 2011.

Beach time soon come.

 

Cuba Project Schedule 

Dec. 13 – 20, 2016  –  32nd La Habana International Festival Jazz Plaza

Feb. 16 – 20, 2017  –  26th Feria del Libro International Book Fair

April 2017  –  Havana Arte – African Influences in Contemporary Art

July 2017  –  Santiago de Cuba – Fiesta del Fuego

December 2017  –  33rd La Habana International Festival Jazz Plaza

For more information and details, please email Research@cinnamontraveler.org or call 404.915.6701.

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