In Surviving the Americas, Serena Cosgrove, José Idiáquez, Leonard Joseph Bent, and Andrew Gorvetzian shed light on what it means to be Garifuna today, particularly in Nicaragua. Their research includes over nine months of fieldwork in Garifuna communities in the Pearl Lagoon on the southern Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and in New York City. The resulting ethnography illustrates the unique social issues of the Nicaraguan Garifuna and how their culture, traditions, and reverence for their ancestors continues to persist.
Surviving the Americas is a vivid and intimate account of the Nicaraguan Garifuna. The activist commitments and collaborative nature of the work as well as its decolonial lens provide keen
insights into the persistence of this under-acknowledged Afro-Indigenous community in the Garifuna and African Diasporas.
~Jennifer Goett, Associate Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics, Michigan State University
Beautifully written… contextualized, and nice integration of academic sources and Garifuna voices.
~Sarah England, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Soka University of America
Ethnographically rich! Surviving the Americas intervenes to decolonize Garifuna ethnography by attending to critical discussions of indigeneity, intersectionality, and resilience.
~Keri Vacanti Brondo, Professor of Anthropology, University of Memphis