Maroon artist performs at SIUE

Aminata Cairo, assistant professor of anthropology, and Jose Tojo, artist, perform a play at SIUE.

The “In the Tradition of Katherine Dunham Series” was the brainchild of Aminata Cairo assistant professor of anthropology, and Catherine Bentley assistant professor of  theater and dance.

The series began in February of 2010 with a Department of Theater and Dance workshop of the African diaspora.

The goal of series is to present the juxtaposition and appreciation of the arts and anthropology at SIUE and the larger community in the hopes to give a more accessible face to anthropology, the performing arts, and SIUE.

Mr. Jose Tojo (pron. Toyo) is a Maroon from Suriname, now living in the Netherlands.  He is a master drummer, actor, director, playwright, and choreographer.  He shares his culture and artistic gifts with all who meet him.

Below is a part of the performance given by Mr. Tojo and Assistant Professor Cairo called “Ik ben hier” or “I am here.”


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