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What Happen: A Folk-History of Costa Rica's Talamanca Coast Paperback – August, 2005

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...(a) wealth of oral history, culture and social anthropology...well worth reading. -- The Lonely Planet

...the beautifully-told history, dreams, and legends of the Talamanca coast people. -- The Tico Times

Paula Palmer has done her work brilliantly...It is a major contribution to race relations in this country. -- Quince Duncan, El Negro en Costa Rica

About the Author

Paula Palmer is a North American sociologist who lived on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast from 1973 to 1993. There she helped Afro-Caribbean and indigenous Bribri communities analyze and publish their own accounts of their histories and aspirations as unique peoples. For three years she directed a Community Research Project at the regional high school, where her students published their own oral histories of the region. Since 1996 she is executive director of Global Response/Environmental Action and Education Network, based in Boulder, Colorado.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zona Tropical (August 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0970567839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970567833
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie on March 27, 2014
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Paula Palmer has made an invaluable gift to all of us by recording the history and culture of the Afro-Caribbean people of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. She has recorded first-hand stories of some of the first and oldest residents of the area in their own words. These stories offer a fascinating glimpse into a modern self-sustaining and lively culture literally removed from the outside world for decades. Anyone wishing to visit the Caribbean coast will gain a deeper understanding and respect for the people there by reading her book. It is a great anthropological contribution.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the optimist on January 14, 2009
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Planning a trip to the carribean coast of Costa Rica, I bought this book. I've long felt interacting with "locals" is best done with a knoweldge of their culture and history. This book was fascinating and it gave REAL insight that added a depth and perspective to my interactions with the people of the Talamanca region. I was treated with more intimate, friendly, respectful cordiality than the "mainstream tourists". It is NOT a specific tourist-oriented guide! BUT when people are sensitive to "outsiders", I find knowing the background is extremely advantageous.
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