Read my article on Het Koto Museum on OZY.
Located in a quiet neighborhood near the center of historic Paramaribo, Suriname, Het Koto Museum celebrates the lives and legacy of Afro-Surinamese women. The museum is founded and run by Christine Van Russel-Henar, who is reviving the tradition of the Koto outfit. She shared her knowledge and passion with me during a visit the the museum.
In June, I was invited to the Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labor Conference at the Anton de Kom University in Paramaribo, Suriname.
I presented a paper on the ritual dances in the Americas, expanding on research I presented at The Banjo Gathering in 2017. While we spent a week at the conference, I was also able to explore the city of Paramaribo, the jungle and Maroon villages, and Papillon's famous prison in French Guiana. I was able to share three stories from Suriname on OZY's Around the World, and will be sharing those and more stories of museums and historic sites here on the blog.
Come in, the stacks are open.
Away from prying eyes, damaging light, and pilfering hands, the most special collections are kept in closed stacks. You need an appointment to view the objects, letters, and books that open a door to the past.