Folklore, Fishing Art, and Free Divers: The Cahuita Community

Author(s): B. Lynn Harris; Kelsey K Dwyer

Year: 2016


Cahuita, a small Afro Caribbean town in southern Costa Rica, boasts a vibrant community of painters, musicians and fishermen. The plethora of colorful murals on buildings, stone statues, lyrics and sounds of calypso and reggae music, small fishing boats and folklore expand the maritime historical narrative. Themes include dramatic stories about shipwrecks and survivors, nature conservation debates, earthquakes, local wildlife, and fishing adventures. The ECU maritime studies team will present an inventory of this data set with the intent of illuminating the broader maritime cultural themes of the region. An important part of the study is the fishing community with expertise in snorkel tourism, boatbuilding, and lobster diving.

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Folklore, Fishing Art, and Free Divers: The Cahuita Community. B. Lynn Harris, Kelsey K Dwyer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434458)


Art Fishing Maritime Music

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
20-th century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 313