Future Ancestors: What Are We Finding ?

We ate silently. Then we spoke of the people we loved, and the people we try to still know in death. One of the things that we found inspires us again and again was our ancestors courage and determination. Their willingness to take a leap, remember where they came from while still walking forward into a new tomorrow. [Read more...]

Maman Brigitte Beet Salad Recipe

There is a mistress of the cemetery, a bride dressed in white lace, she knows of love and loss, and her name is Maman Brigitte. In the religions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou Maman Brigitte ( also called Gran Brigitte) is the Lwa, or Goddess, of the dead. [Read more...]

Voodoo Cruise Exhibit Sinks To A New Low

Obviously these things are not about real life. Seeing is believing however, and when most people have images that look like the demented maniacs found in television, film, and these theme attractions, how are they supposed to form a different truth. [Read more...]

Access the Spirit World with a Dumb Supper for Samhain

I remembered that when dealing with the ancestors, dumb supper or not, Silence is important. The stillness that is found in silence is when the ancestors best communicate. [Read more...]

Ancestral Remembering – The Funny Thing About Memory

Reconciliation is a huge issue. I feel like there is no way to write this as a person of both African-American and Native-American descent without mention that we may never reconcile the past and most of us are still fearful for the future. These things weigh heavy on my mind on the heels of both Columbus Day and Cornel West’s arrest this week. [Read more...]

Remembering The Dead Can Be A Dirty Business

New Orleans Voodoo has many ways of connecting to our treasured dead. Every sip of coffee, every step are more opportunities to honor and worship. Part of our tradition is sharing these ways with all who can appreciate them, allowing them to remember these ancestors each day. [Read more...]

Memory, It’s In The Mix – Ancestor Remembrance Recipes

The tradition of New Orleans Voodoo celebrates it’s dead every day of the year. They artfully parade them down the streets in Second Line Jazz extravaganzas that are a feast for the eyes and ears. They house their dearly departed in above ground cities of the Dead, some of which are elaborate pyramids, others which have homemade headstones and bones poking out. [Read more...]


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