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Finding Kani Kurya: A documentary in progress and discussion with Kewulay Kamara

October 4 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Finding Kani Kurya: A documentary in progress and discussion with Kewulay Kamara

Date:

Sunday Oct 4, 2020

Time:
12:00 PM -3 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Live Streamed to Facebook @CityLore

Some time in the 19th Century, a young mother of two daughters disappeared without a trace. She lived in the village of Damania, (present day Guinea) and was last seen going to the brook flowing through the grove at the edge of her village. 
 
No amount of search or divination could find Kani Kurya. 
It was a time of great turmoil, as the Atlantic slave trade continued. Albeit illegally. At this time, one of the many possibilities that could account for the disappearance of a young African woman, was the higher premiums paid for “breeders” in the American slave trade.

Here in Damania, children are told Kani Kurya lives in the grove where she disappeared. Although they do not see her, she lives in the animals and plants, and she could hear their incantations and come to their aid. Today, the descendants of Kani Kurya still come to the grove where she disappeared (now named after her), to pay homage through offerings and libations. It is a refuge for plants that live in it, and an ancestral sanctuary for those who identify with her.

Kewulay Kamara is a descendent of Kani Kurya.

This project is a part of the Left Behind the Middle Passage, sponsored by City Lore and Badenya, and part of Kewulay Kamara’s ongoing initiative to recover, reconstruct and preserve memory.

 

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October 4
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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