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  • Paul Beaubrun is a musician. Like his elders and ancestors, he uses his art to comment on and influence culture.

    When asked to share something he carried from Haiti to New York, he chose a djakout, the traditional straw satchel of the Haitian peasantry.

    Used across the countryside daily to transport food, seed, or personal items, it also has political and spiritual significance.

    Vodou is an earth-based spiritual system, and moun andeyo, the peasantry, are not only stewards of the land, but also have historically been the victims of Haiti's ruling class.

    For Paul, the djakout represents spirit, culture, collective work, & the Haitian people’s struggle for food sovereignty and self-determination. Hear more from Paul, and his band Zing Experience here.

    This story was produced as part of "What I Carried," a project created by Feet in 2 Worlds to explore immigration to the U.S. through objects that symbolize migration.
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