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The Art and Soul of African American Interpretation

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  • By Ywone D. Edwards-Ingram
  • Hardcover
  • 104 pages
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    "The Art and Soul of African American Interpretation" is the first book in which African American interpreters themselves reflect on their profession. Six experienced interpreters discuss how they research historical figures and create characters, often with little documentary evidence; how they connect with diverse and sometimes hostile audiences; and how they use a variety of techniques, from storytelling and acting to carpentry and gardening, to make the past relevant.

    The book also includes information on the historical figures these interpreters have brought to life, among them Gowan Pamphlet, an enslaved man who pastored an early black church; Edith Cumbo, a free black woman; Wil, an enslaved tavern man, and Eve, an enslaved domestic woman.

    Ywone D. Edwards-Ingram is a staff archaeologist at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation with over twenty years of service in research, training, and working with its African American interpretation.

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    Great Book. Buy it!


    If you have traveled to Williamsburg and listened to Preacher Gowan and especially enjoyed some of the African emphasis, then you will enjoy this book. You will see familiar faces and enjoy interviews with them and their work at Williamsburg. It is easy reading but very informative. Buy it, you will enjoy it.