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Suzanne Comhaire-Sylvain (1898-1975), daughter of the Haitian diplomat and intellectual Georges Sylvain (an active member of the Union Patriotique created to denounce the U.S. Marine Occupation of Haiti in 1915), is rarely mentioned in Haitian anthologies about anthropology. Yet, not only was Comhaire-Sylvain considered immensely educated for her time (earning a doctoral degree from the University of Paris in the late 1930s), her studies led her to be one of the first individuals to suggest that Haitian Creole was perhaps more than “badly spoken French,” and a more sophisticated language, mixing words and syntax from different romance and African languages. While her research was largely deemed inconsequential in the 1930s and 1940s, today, it would have been common place.
Aside from studying languages she was also interested in broder anthropological subjects and most notably the place of women in Caribbean and African societies.
In many respect, Comhaire-Sylvain challenged typically Haitian gender roles by refusing the quiet life that was favoured for middle-class women.
She died in 1975, in a car accident while in Nigeria. Her publications include Le Créole haïtien, morphologie et syntaxe (1936), À propos du vocabulaire des croyances paysannes (1938) among others. Her private papers can be found at Stanford University.
[Source: Île en île and “Suzanne Comhaire-Sylvain” by Laënnec Hurbon]
These vintage Haiti pictures always make my day.
I love showing them to my grandparents and mother and hearing about how great of a time they had growing up in Haiti when it looked like this. Its actually a lot of fun watching them reminisce about their childhood or earlier days living in Haiti.
Haiti Carnival c.1910
“Ida Faubert (Christian first name Gertrude Florentine Félicitée Ida) was born in Port-au-Prince on February 14, 1882 and died in Joinville-le-Pont, 1969 ) was a Haitian writer, daughter of the former president of Haïti, Lysius Salomon. She lived in France from 1914 to 1969, where she married ; she was related to feminist and artistic movements. She wrote her books in French.”
To mark the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières, President Michel Martelly declared on social media “Tribute to our brave ancestors who bravely led the Battle of Vertières to bequeath us this land […] 211 years after the great epic of Vertières, we must UNIT us to pursue the dream of our illustrious ancestors.”
Re-posted from Diasporicroots
Built by Haiti to defend against a French invasion that never came, it’s one of the largest and beautiful fortresses in the Western hemisphere.