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Arts and Religions of Haiti

How the Sun Illuminates Under Cover of Darkness By: LeGrace Benson In departing from the usual Haitian Art or Haitian Religion books, Benson explains the relationship of Haitian art to the culture and uniquely describes the intersection, interrelation and influence of Judaism and Christianity as well as Taíno and Islamic traces and the effects of both Masonic and Rosicrucian orders in shaping Vodou’s belief system and rituals.



Belize: A Caribbean Nation in Central America

Selected Speeches of Said Musa In Belize: A Caribbean Nation in Central America, Godfrey Smith brings together a selection of speeches delivered by Said Musa during his tenure as Prime Minister, with the exception of the speech made in his capacity as Foreign Affairs Minister and delivered to the United Nations General Assembly Author: Godfrey P. Smith 

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Caribbean Reasonings: After Man, Towards the Human

Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter This interdisciplinary collection offers a variety of interpretations of Sylvia Wynter’s work and seeks to cover the range of her thought.  Her rich source of investigation of some of the compelling questions that currently face humanity makes her not just a major Caribbean figure, but a world-class intellectual. By: Anthony Bogues


Daddy Sharpe

A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of  Samuel Sharpe, A West Indian Slave Written by Himself, 1832 Locked in prison, awaiting a sentence of certain execution, Samuel Sharpe retells the story of his life in the first person narrative, beginning with his boyhood days at Cooper’s Hill in St James and ending with his surrender to the authorities after his defeat in the Great Jamaican Slave Revolt of 1831. By: Fred Kennedy


Dragon in the Caribbean

China's Global Re-Dimensioning - Challenges and Opportunities for the Caribbean - Revised & Updated An overview is given of China’s changing position and rise in power in the global landscape as well as its growing economic and political presence in the Caribbean. By: Richard L. Bernal Downloadable E-Book Version Click Here


Mango Time: Folk Songs of Jamaica

Mango Time: Folk Songs of Jamaica draws from the wealth of Jamaica’s folk music – the music of the Jamaican people which, with its colourful range of forms, reflects the way of life of individuals or entire communities Author: Noel Dexter, Godfrey Taylor


Michael Manley: The Biography

Michael Manley has been the subject of many books, yet he remains an enigmatic figure to even his family. Twenty years after his passing, Jamaicans and the world remain ambivalent in their judgement of the legacy of this controversial post-independence leader who challenged the history of a complex nation as he sought to build on the legacy of politically and culturally influential parents. By: Godfrey Smith 



In 1975, Nanny was declared the first and, is to date, the only female National Hero in Jamaica. Though revered as a leader of the Maroons – that group of runaway slaves who fought the British during the 18th century and established free communities in the mountainous interior of Jamaica, maintaining their freedom and independence. By: Werner Zips


Picturing the Postcolonial Nation

Picturing the Postcolonial Nation: (Inter) Nationalism in the Art of Jamaica 1962−1975 examines the relationship between art and nation-building, highlighting the varied ways art was used to not only define Jamaica but to promote and brand a Jamaica that was as innovative, rich and changing as art itself. Author: Claudia Hucke


Sex, Power & Taboo

Gender and HIV in the Caribbean and Beyond In the Caribbean sexuality has never been a topic for public discussion. Previously relegated to theatrical innuendo, musical lyrics and other popular forms of cultural expression, the HIV and AIDS pandemic have now thrown this taboo subject centrestage. Author: Dorothy Roberts, Rhoda Reddock, Dr Dianne Douglas & Dr Sandra Reid


Spanish Jamaica

In 1494, Christopher Columbus’s exploratory travels on behalf of the King and Queen of Spain brought him to the island of Jamaica. His arrival represented the beginning of the Spanish period in Jamaica’s history which ended with the English capture of the island in 1655 Author: Francisco Morales Padro