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Number 1 new series (double issue)
Price (incl. VAT) 32 €
ISBN: 2-915133-08-5
Format (L x H): 220 mm x 280 mm, bound
Number of pages: 272
Number of illustrations : ca 160
Published by: musée du quai Branly
Languages: French and English
Distribution and subscriptions: Flammarion, Distribution UD-Union Distribution.

Gradhiva n°1

Spring 2005: Haiti and anthropology

The first issue of the new series of Gradhiva is devoted to anthropology in Haiti: its origins, role, recent developments and future. This 272-page double issue evokes the close relationship between anthropology and Haiti’s multiform culture, through the work of Haitian painters, historians, writers and ethnologists. The file analyses the development of a Haitian anthropology necessarily linked to racial questions and the country’s unique political situation, thereby helping readers to better understand the political and cultural complexity of contemporary Haitian society. It is enriched by a wealth of hitherto unpublished archive material, including documents by Michel Leiris and Alfred Métraux, both of whom were fascinated by Voodoo. The « Haiti and anthropology » file is edited by Carlo Avierl Celius, Professor of comparative history at the Université de Laval.

Two basic texts complement the file, one by Marcel Detienne on comparative studies in anthropology and in history, the other – along with an interview by Jean-Luc Bonniol – relates René Depestre’s account of his experiences in Haiti.



Des comparables dans le champ du politique. Entre nous, ethnologues et historiens , by Marcel Detienne.

La France et Haïti : le mythe et la réalité , by René Depestre, followed by an interview with René Depestre by Jean-Luc Bonniol. 


Edited and presented by Carlo A. Célius.
Cheminement anthropologique en Haïti, by Carlo A. Célius.
Libérer le double : la beauté sera convulsive. A propos d'une collection d'art vodou, by Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique.
La création plastique et le tournant ethnologique en Haïti, by Carlo A. Célius.
Anténor Firmin and Haïti's contribution to anthropology, by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban.
Anthropologie, politique et engagement social : l'expérience du bureau d'ethnologie d'Haïti, by Rachelle Charlier-Doucet.
Haiti and the Anthropological Imagination, by Gérarde Magloire and Kevin A. Yelvington.
Le statut du vodou et l'histoire de l'anthropologie, by Laënnec Hurbon.
Prohibition, persecution and performance : anthropology and the penalization of Vodou in the Mid-Twentieth Century, by Kate Ramsey.
D'une île à l'autre : Alfred Métraux en Haïti, by Christine Laurière.
La création plastique et le tournant ethnologique en Haïti, by Carlo Avierl Célius.
Triste terrain de jeu : à propos de l'adoption internationale, by Chantal Collard.


Rendez-vous manqué avec le vodou, by Jean Jamin.
Sacrifice d'un taureau, by Michel Leiris.
« Trésors de veillées » : les contes haïtiens, recueillis by Suzanne Comhaire-Sylvain, by Kathleen Gyssels.
« Croyances religieuses populaires en Haïti », radio lecture followed by two letters , by Jacques Roumain, collected and presented by Christine Laurière.
« Mes amis les paysans de Marbial », previously unpublished article and letter to Benoît Lévi, by Alfred Métraux, collected and presented by Christine Laurière.