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Exhibit of Haitian Vodou Flags in Davidson Library

Posted by UCSB Library on June 29, 2011

Haitian Vodou FlagThe newest exhibit in the first floor hallway of Davidson Library focuses on Drapo Vodou, the colorful Vodou flags of Haiti.  While the flags were originally ceremonial items, they are also now a popular form of folk art.

This exhibit is being launched in conjunction with the Center for Black Studies’ annual Haiti Flag Week.  As part of the Center’s scheduled events, there will be a lecture on these unique flags of Haiti:

  • Sacred Banners & the Sequined Revolution: Drapo Vodou and the Haitian Independence
  • Patrick Polk, World Arts & Culture, UCLA
  • Wednesday, May 18:  4:00 pm – MultiCultural Center Theater
  • An expert on folk religion, popular culture, and urban visual traditions, Polk is the author of  Haitian Vodou Flags and the forthcoming Conjurers, Healers, and Hoodoo Doctors: Readings on African-American Magic and Folk Medicine, among other books. In 1996 he curated “Sequined Spirits: Contemporary Vodou Flags” at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

For more information on Haiti Flag Week events, see the Center for Black Studies website.

The library would like to thank Dr. Claudine Michel,  Director of the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research and Editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies, for loaning flags and other folk art items.


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