Vodou is a creolized religion forged by descendents of Dahomean, Kongo, Yoruba, and other African ethnic groups who had been enslaved and brought to colonial Saint-Domingue (as Haiti was known then) and Christianized by Roman Catholic missionaries in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Trickster figures are often amoral characters who outsmart stronger opponents. Tricksters dominate the folk tradition that peoples of African descent developed in the United States, especially those tales that were influenced by African folk tradition, landscape, and wildlife.
Sweetgrass basket makers carry on a tradition that crossed the ocean during the transatlantic slave trade. Once essential to processing rice on Lowcountry plantations, baskets in the early 20th century underwent a revolution in materials, forms, functions and, above all, marketing.
A ring shout is a religious song & movement form. Ring shouts are performed by persons who shuffle counterclockwise in a single file in a circle (ring). Its origins may be from the Congo region of Africa or a religious practice created by enslaved Muslims from West Africa.
Thought to have originated in the 16th century in Brazil, capoeira is martial art infused with dance, music, acrobatics, trickery, and cultural rituals.