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Seeking help from a Voodoo Practitioner
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:27:03 pm »
Hello all,

I've viewed this forum for several days before joining, please excuse me if Ive posted this to the wrong section of the site. I'm a New Orleans native and am trying to help out my fiance who is finishing up her undergraduate degree after taking time off due to her first marriage. She is taking a graduate-level course on African and African-American folklore, folklore in this sense being used to describe the way a culture shares its stories and lessons with other generations. By this definition, all forms of religion fall into this category, since they are so culturally based.

Being from South-Louisiana herself, she has always  been fascinated by Voodoo and the impact that the religion and its practitioners have had on our city and the surrounding culture.

As her final project, she needs to do a 2-3 hour presentation on her research, all of which is academic/cultural in nature. Because this is an Anthropology course, her goal is to dispel stereotypes and myths associated with the religion,  discuss its roots and discuss its connections to African and African-American heritage.

The most crucial portion of the presentation is an interview with a current practitioner of African or African-American descent, which is where she's run into a brick wall. We've collectively found several Hispanic and Caucasian practitioners willing to speak with her, and African-American historians and researchers, but not an African or African-American practitioner (or former practitioner) of Voodoo willing to sit for the interview.

If anyone here is of African-heritage and currently practices, or has formerly practiced, Voodoo, we would greatly appreciate your help. As I mentioned  the presentation will be academic and culturally supportive in nature, designed to educate others about the stereotypes versus the actual practice. She has no intention of seeking further publication of her paper, so for all intents and purposes it would remain limited to the class itself, though should a publication opportunity ever arise, she would of course seek your permission before including the interview or any subsequent information gained from the interview. At your request we can also provide a full copy of the paper for your review.

The deadline for this project is 11/28/12, with the interview likely needing to be completed no later than 11/17-20/2012. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Please send me a PM if you meet the criteria and if you are willing to complete a short interview, likely via email or Skype.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Anthony

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Re: Seeking help from a Voodoo Practitioner
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2012, 01:10:22 pm »
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Hello all,

I've viewed this forum for several days before joining, please excuse me if Ive posted this to the wrong section of the site. I'm a New Orleans native and am trying to help out my fiance who is finishing up her undergraduate degree after taking time off due to her first marriage. She is taking a graduate-level course on African and African-American folklore, folklore in this sense being used to describe the way a culture shares its stories and lessons with other generations. By this definition, all forms of religion fall into this category, since they are so culturally based.

Being from South-Louisiana herself, she has always  been fascinated by Voodoo and the impact that the religion and its practitioners have had on our city and the surrounding culture.

As her final project, she needs to do a 2-3 hour presentation on her research, all of which is academic/cultural in nature. Because this is an Anthropology course, her goal is to dispel stereotypes and myths associated with the religion,  discuss its roots and discuss its connections to African and African-American heritage.

The most crucial portion of the presentation is an interview with a current practitioner of African or African-American descent, which is where she's run into a brick wall. We've collectively found several Hispanic and Caucasian practitioners willing to speak with her, and African-American historians and researchers, but not an African or African-American practitioner (or former practitioner) of Voodoo willing to sit for the interview.

If anyone here is of African-heritage and currently practices, or has formerly practiced, Voodoo, we would greatly appreciate your help. As I mentioned  the presentation will be academic and culturally supportive in nature, designed to educate others about the stereotypes versus the actual practice. She has no intention of seeking further publication of her paper, so for all intents and purposes it would remain limited to the class itself, though should a publication opportunity ever arise, she would of course seek your permission before including the interview or any subsequent information gained from the interview. At your request we can also provide a full copy of the paper for your review.

The deadline for this project is 11/28/12, with the interview likely needing to be completed no later than 11/17-20/2012. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Please send me a PM if you meet the criteria and if you are willing to complete a short interview, likely via email or Skype.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Anthony

 
I'm afraid I can't help, since I'm not African nor practising Voodoo, but which questions exactly is it she wants to ask about??

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Re: Seeking help from a Voodoo Practitioner
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2012, 01:29:00 pm »
Sarkana,

Thank you for the reply! I don't have her specific list of questions here, but if you think it'll help I'll get with her this afternoon to post here.

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I'm afraid I can't help, since I'm not African nor practising Voodoo, but which questions exactly is it she wants to ask about??

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2012, 03:43:39 pm »
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Sarkana,

Thank you for the reply! I don't have her specific list of questions here, but if you think it'll help I'll get with her this afternoon to post here.

 
All right then :)

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Re: Seeking help from a Voodoo Practitioner
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2012, 07:41:32 pm »
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The most crucial portion of the presentation is an interview with a current practitioner of African or African-American descent, which is where she's run into a brick wall. We've collectively found several Hispanic and Caucasian practitioners willing to speak with her, and African-American historians and researchers, but not an African or African-American practitioner (or former practitioner) of Voodoo willing to sit for the interview.

 
Yeah, you might have a bit of a hard time, man. A lot of practitioners are rightly wary of just telling people - especially if they are not people of colour - about their practices. If you haven't made friends with people in the community already? I do doubt you'll be able to get any real info by the seventeenth. She may have to rely on the historians and the practitioners who have already agreed to speak to her.

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Re: Seeking help from a Voodoo Practitioner
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2012, 07:49:06 pm »
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I can't personally help you, but have you tried contacting the folks at the New Orleans Voodoo Museum? It's NOT a tourist trap, they are for real. And even participate in local Pagan festivals/celebrations etc. I was at a gathering/festival in 2011 where they did a whole presentation with full drum circle and even a public ritual. Priestess Miriam is even on Facebook, and engages in Voodoo discussions on her page.

The number is: 504-680-0128.

I have no problem with giving that out here since it is listed on their webpage at http://voodoomuseum.com/

They are located on Dumaine by the way.
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Re: Seeking help from a Voodoo Practitioner
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2012, 07:50:47 pm »
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I can't personally help you, but have you tried contacting the folks at the New Orleans Voodoo Museum? It's NOT a tourist trap, they are for real. And even participate in local Pagan festivals/celebrations etc. I was at a gathering/festival in 2011 where they did a whole presentation with full drum circle and even a public ritual. Priestess Miriam is even on Facebook, and engages in Voodoo discussions on her page.

The number is: 504-680-0128.

I have no problem with giving that out here since it is listed on their webpage at http://voodoomuseum.com/

They are located on Dumaine by the way.

 
Replying to myself...yep.

I forgot to give the specific link I meant to. Priestess Miriam and the Museum DO have a standing policy to help researchers, students etc in whatever way they can.

http://voodoomuseum.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=15
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