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Understanding the Connections Between Black and Aboriginal Peoples

Posted Apr 12 2006

In this fast, easy read Dub explores the fascinating links between Africans and Indigenous people over the centuries.

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In this fast, easy read Dub explores the fascinating links between Africans and Indigenous people over the centuries. As he travels through various countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Canada, he shares with readers his quest to find written documentation, oral histories, and living examples of how the original peoples in North America and Africa came together as a result of colonialism, slavery, and common struggles. Dub's writing style is informal and accessible to most readers yet most of the information in this book is based upon his personal observations rather than scientific data. This book would've been more useful if this data and history had been included. On the other hand, the book would have been more interesting if he had focused on his tales of adventure during this research instead of random stories scattered throughout. As it stands now, the book leaves the reader wanting more as Dub touches upon countless regions, experiences and stories without delving into anyone one for too long. For example, the country of Chile gets just over two pages. Music artists such as Underground Resistance and Public Enemy get scant mention. If you pick up this book keep in mind that it's more of a journal documenting one man's thoughts rather than a focused documentation of oral histories or work of scholarly research. Nonetheless, Dub raises many fascinating questions that will hopefully inspire others to continue the work done by him and others such as Ivan Van Sertima.

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