Contacting Proyecto Palo Monte
Proyecto Palo Monte
PROYECTO PALO MONTE is an educational collaboration between
non-governmental agencies: Sociedad Antropolgica de la Isla de Cuba, Kairos Center,
AfroCuban Research and Cultural Center of Western New Mexico University and Stage Of The
Arts, Inc. of Los Angeles.
The project is offering a workshop in Matanzas:
AFROCUBAN DRUMS, RITUALS & CULTURES
Workshops and Field Research in Matanzas, Cuba.
Registration limited to 20 people.
From Sunday, January 3 to Saturday, January 9, 1999.
Professor Israel Moliner Castañeda, Jorge L. Rodriguez and Dr. Beatrice DeOca.
Study of the Yoruba, Arara, Bantú and Carabalí drums. Introduction to the Yoruba/Nigeria
drums. The Bata drums: gathering with Bata drum artisans and players as well as
festivities and gathering with Bata ritual players. Study of other Yoruba drums including:
the Bembe drums, the Iyessa, the Giros or Agwebes. Introduction to the ewe-fong or arará
drums of Cuba. The Bantú Drums in Cuba: A visit to the house Congo
Luanda in Jovellanos oldtown. Visit to the house Gangá Longowá in Perico.
Introduction to the carabali drums in Cuba: Conga drums and the Abaku sacred drums;
visit to the temple Uriabon Efi [from the Efik people in the Cross River Delta, Nigeria]
in Matanzas City and the Cabildo Santa Teresa [of the Villamil
family]. Gathering with the ritual group Olokum.
Registration: Register by mail or in person prior to Sunday, November 22,1998. We need
your name, passport number and a deposit of $700 USD (cash or checks only) fully
refundable only if there is a trip cancellation on the part of Stage Of The Arts. Your
deposit confirms your agreement with these terms and all information provided in this
Total Fees $1,250.00 USD
Course Fees Include: Round trip airfare to/from La Habana, Cuba/ Tijuana,Mexico
(AeroMexico). Six nights accommodation dormitory style at the centrally located Kairos
Christian Center for the Arts and Liturgy of the Iglesia Bautista de Matanzas (founded
1809) in historic downtown Matanzas, daily breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner, ground
transportation, tuition and attendance at performances.
Visa and Travel Regulations to Cuba
You may be traveling to Cuba under a specific license from the Treasury Office of Foreign
Assets Control, as a person traveling in connection with clearly defined educational or
religious activities. Departure from Tijuana, Mexico will be on Saturday, January 2, 1999
p.m. You are responsible for your own visa arrangements.
For visa and travel arrangements call: Adventure Tours And Travel (626) 395-7111, located
at 110 South Rosemead Blvd. Suite A, Pasadena, California 91107 (ask for PROYECTO PALO
Academic Course Credit Available
Course credit may be provided by Western New Mexico University. The course is Psychology
480 for individuals without an undergraduate degree or Psychology 580 for individuals who
have completed either a B.A. or a B.S.. The title of the course is AfroCuban Thought and
Behavior, and will provide 3 units of college credit. To arrange to receive course credit
for the trip, please call (505)538-6257 or email AfroCuba@aol.com