Migration and Cultural Heritage in Aruba: trahadonan di Lago di habla Ingles y nan influencia cultural

Durante e encuentro lo elabora riba diferente contribucion y desaroyo social y cultural cu varios grupo di migrante di Caribe a trece Aruba desde e periodo di Lago. Tambe lo analisa e herencia existente y loke esaki ta nifica pa e pueblo di Aruba en general.

E orador principal ta dr. Artwell Cain,  fundador y director di Institute of Cultural Heritage and Knowledge. For di aña 2009 – 2012 su persona tabata director di NiNsee (National Institute of Dutch Slavery Past and Legacy). Dr. Cain a obtene su PhD na Universidad di Tilburg riba e topico di mobilidad social y migrantenan den posicion di liderasco den organisacionan Hulandes. Tambe el a publica varios ensayo y articulo den e area di integracion, diversidad, identidad, etnicidad y mobilidad social.

Drs. Mirto Lacle lo duna un introduccion di e charla y lo presenta un pelicula relaciona cu un di e herencianan cultural di Aruba cu ta Carnaval.  Ademas di esaki e lo elabora riba e Calypsonian Walter Ferguson di Costa Rica.

Durante e presentacionan lo tin oportunidad amplio pa haci pregunta, hiba discusion y trece sugerencianan pa dilanti.   

Fecha:            Diaranson 20 di februari 2013


Migration and Cultural heritage in Aruba.

In the early years of the 20th century many workers throughout the Caribbean region were forced to seek employment and a better way of life in surrounding islands and countries.
This was characteristic of the period between 1900  - 1930. Due to the depression in many of the Caribbean economies after the abolishment of slavery skilled and not to skilled workers were contracted to work in economies which were relatively doing better than others.  In fact this was for many in these islands a livelihood strategy coupled to societal aspirations. There are cases where some worked on the construction of the Panama Canal, others went to cut sugar cane in Cuba, others worked on building the railway system in Brazil and others were employed in the banana industry of Central America. These  were  common forms of climbing out of poverty.
Aruba ventured on becoming one of the wealthier small islands in the 1920’s. The Lago oil company had set up house with the main purpose of refining crude oil and producing other related substances. Skilled and unskilled workers were contracted especially from the English speaking islands, which were then colonies of Great Britain. These workers came from Saint Martin in the North to Trinidad and Tobago in the South and included the islands between these two.
As it transpired these workers brought their social memory, their cultural habits, their religious affiliations and generally their way of life from their respective islands to Aruba. It has been recorded that the Carnival celebrations, which have now become uniquely Aruban were brought to these shores by these migrants. The essence of this lecture is to probe at the cultural and social contributions brought by these migrants to Aruba and offer an analysis of their remaining heritage and what this means to Arubans in general.

Artwell Cain (Speaker)
Artwell Cain PhD is founder/director of Institute of Cultural Heritage & Knowledge. Before that he was from 2009 to August 2012 director of NiNsee (National institute of Dutch Slavery Past and Legacy). He attained his masters degree in cultural anthropology at the University at Utrecht in 1989. Afterwards, Cain gathered expertise  as a science researcher in Utrecht among other places. He  directed the Foundation for the Furtherance of the Well-being of Antilleans and Arubans at Rotterdam (1991 – 2000). He obtained his PhD in 2007 at the University at Tilburg, which dealt with the upward social mobility of migrant directors in Dutch organizations. He has edited the book “Tula slave rebellion in Curacao” (2009) and written and published various papers and essays pertaining to integration, citizenship, diversity policy, representation, issues of identity, the aftermath of Trans –Atlantic slavery and social mobility.





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