Friday, November 24, 2006

Back from New Orleans



I'm back and yet somehow, I don't feel quite settled in. It's a very difficult thing to see, so much devastation, so much lost. The art therapy conference was good. Lots of good papers and ideas, so here are some links for you.

Bessel van der Kolk gave the keynote, and you can find lots of good papers here:

http://www.traumacenter.org/webarticles.html
http://www.trauma-pages.com/articles.php

I attended a few talks on mourning rituals and art and from Robert Morrissey I got a reference to what looks like an excellent book:
Passed On: African American Mourning Stories by Karla FC Holloway

If you are interested in creating alters, desconsos,retablos, and other kinds of memorials and mourning art see:
http://www.b-muse.com/newsezine-fall-06.htm
Scroll down to Mexican Mission Ornaments.

And there are more ideas on this website:
http://www.photographicmemoryart.com/

And if you thought New Orleans is completely back, ask a cab driver to take you on a short tour of the lower 9th ward. Ask him to tell you the story. Ask him if he knows where to get a boot-legged copy of Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke" and let him know that the world still cares what happens on the Gulf Coast and in the 9th ward.

If you can't do those things then go to this website and take a look.
It really doesn't look too much different now from how it looked this past summer.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina




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