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Man harvesting bananas, San Basilio de Palenque, 1976
Cross, Richard, 1950-1983
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California State University, Northridge
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California State University, Northridge
Richard Cross Photographs (Bradley Center)
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A man cuts the foliage with a machete while he is walking. He is holding two banana branches over his left shoulder. San Basilio del Palenque, a town located 31 miles from Cartagena, is considered the first community to officially free enslaved people in the Americas because on August 23, 1691, the Spanish King Charles II signed a royal charter recognizing the freedom of the runaway slave communities in the María Mountains. Local authorities, however, did not sign a treaty with these communities until January of 1714 acknowledging their freedom and ordering the establishment of the town of Palenque San Basilio Magno. People in San Basilio del Palenque speak a Spanish-based creole language known as Palenquero. According to public records, in 1975 the village had 2,400 residents (mostly farmers or day laborers) and 388 houses. Colombian anthropologist Nina S. De Friedemann had been studying the Afro-Colombian community of San Basilio del Palenque for the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and Richard Cross joined her to do work as a visual anthropologist in June 1975. This image illustrates Cross's anthropological category: Inventory of male-female work roles.
Un hombre corta el follaje con un machete mientras camina. El hombre carga dos ramas de plátano sobre su hombro izquierdo. San Basilio del Palenque, un pueblo ubicado a 31 millas de Cartagena, considera la primera comunidad en liberar oficialmente a personas esclavizadasde América porque el 23 de agosto de 1691, el rey español Carlos II firmó una cédula real que reconoce la libertad de las comunidades de personas fugitivas en las montañas de María. Sin embargo, las autoridades locales no firmaron un tratado con estas communidades sino hasta enero de 1714, reconociendo su libertad y ordenando el establecimiento del poblado Palenque San Basilio Magno. La gente en San Basilio del Palenque habla una lengua criolla con base en español conocido como palenquero. Según los registros públicos locales, en 1975 el pueblo tenía 2.400 residentes (en su mayoría agricultores o jornaleros) y 388 casas. La antropóloga colombiana Nina S. de Friedemann había estado estudiando la comunidad afrocolombiana de San Basilio del Palenque desde 1973 para el Instituto Colombiano de Antropología y Richard Cross se unió a ella para trabajar como antropólogo visual en junio de 1975. Esta imagen ilustra la categoría antropológicas de Cross: Inventario de los roles laborales masculino-femenino.
Black-and-white negatives
35 mm
Agricultural laborers--Colombia--San Basilio del Palenque
Men, Black--Colombia--San Basilio del Palenque
San Basilio del Palenque (Colombia)
Richard Cross Photographs
California State University Northridge. University Library. Special Collections & Archives. Tom & Ethel Bradley Center

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