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Cuban Heritage Understanding through Guided Surveys (CHUGS): Establishing a public workshop and database

Author(s): Sarah Nohe

Year: 2016

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Summary

Washed up on the Florida shore, the boats that survive the voyage from Cuba are more than a means of transportation; they represent the refugee’s stories of ingenuity and courage. Known as "chugs" due to the sound they make, these boats can be anything from fishing yachts or skiffs, to vernacular vessels that almost defy categorization. These chugs are the physical artifacts of the struggle for political and economic freedom that has propelled thousands to make the dangerous journey over more than fifty years. In light of the recent diplomatic thaw between the United States and Cuba, the Florida Public Archaeology Network conceived of a new public workshop that would record these cultural resources. The workshop trains the public to document the watercraft using a standard measurement system. Collecting this comparable data and making it available as an interactive database will facilitate the study and public understanding of this essential piece of Florida’s heritage.


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Cuban Heritage Understanding through Guided Surveys (CHUGS): Establishing a public workshop and database. Sarah Nohe. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404756)


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North America - Southeast


Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America