Andres Jimenez Meaning of Congo

Interviewee: Andrés Jiménez
Biography: Andrés Jiménez was a retired teacher born and raised in Portobelo. At the time of this interview, he was 69 years old. In addition to having witnessed the Congo tradition of Portobleo since childhood, he participated in the role of priest at one time. His son, Raúl Jiménez, has participated in the role of Major Devil. Early in her 2003 field research, Alexander Craft visited Maestro Andrés at the restaurant attached to his home twice weekly for the first six weeks for Spanish lessons. As an extension of the lessons, Jiménez allowed her the opportunity to interview him about the Congo tradition.
Excerpt Description: In this excerpt, Maestro Andrés describes the meaning of the Congo tradition and several of its major characters.
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Interviewer: Renee Alexander Craft
Secondary Interviewer: n/a
Date of Interview: 26-Feb-03
Interview Location: On the front porch of Andrés Jiménez' family restaurant in Portobelo, Panama
Interview Transcribed By: Gustavo Esquina, Oronike Odeleye
English Translation By: Oronike Odeleye
Ethnoracial Identity Discussed: Afrocolonial, Afrodescendiente, La Raza Negra
Cultural Identity: Congo
Location Mentioned: Portobelo, Panama
Congo Spaces:
Congo Characters: Congo King/ Juan de Dioso, Congo Queen/ Merced
Congo Tradition Mentioned: Congo embodiment, Congo game, Continuity and change
Cultural Organization: N/A
Themes Mentioned: After "the road", Congo tradition, Cultural performance, Freedom, Parody
Cultural Festivals: N/A
People Mentioned: N/A
Time Period Mentioned: After "the road"
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