Popular Culture Association 2019 National ConferenceWednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20, 2019Wardman Park Marriot, Washington, D.C.http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/Come join a vivid and diverse community of scholars and professionals in Washington to discuss about the sea and the numerous challenges related to water with a popular culture perspective!My presentation will be on: Borinquén Sea Witches and Other Tales from the Deep: Puerto Rican Folktales as Family History and Modern IdentityMy great grandfather used to regale me with colorful accounts of his adventures at sea when I was but a small child. I remember hanging onto every word translated by my grandmother as he spoke in his native tongue of Borinquén. The tales mostly consisted of elementals, the undead, and witches by the sea. On my maternal line, the menfolk hailed from San Juan stock, all fishermen, sea merchants, sailors and the like. I was even told as a child that, somewhere in our hereditary past, we had descended from a particular ancestress with aquatic beginnings. This helped explain to the children why magic came easy to us and how our ancestors heard our prayers through our blood. As children hearing these stories, one can understand the drama and spellbinding ability these tales had on impressionable minds, enough so to be passed on to the modern age. This paper will recount several of these folktales and explore the ways in which they connect one family to their island past while shaping their identities in the post-diaspora urban present. #sea #ocean #tentacles #academia #pcaaca #presenter #puertorico #mermaids #witches #fairytales #gothictales #folktales

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Popular Culture Association 2019 National ConferenceWednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20, 2019Wardman Park Marriot, Washington, D.C.http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/Come join a vivid and diverse community of scholars and professionals in Washington to discuss about the sea and the numerous challenges related to water with a popular culture perspective!My presentation will be on: Borinquén Sea Witches and Other Tales from the Deep: Puerto Rican Folktales as Family History and Modern IdentityMy great grandfather used to regale me with colorful accounts of his adventures at sea when I was but a small child. I remember hanging onto every word translated by my grandmother as he spoke in his native tongue of Borinquén. The tales mostly consisted of elementals, the undead, and witches by the sea. On my maternal line, the menfolk hailed from San Juan stock, all fishermen, sea merchants, sailors and the like. I was even told as a child that, somewhere in our hereditary past, we had descended from a particular ancestress with aquatic beginnings. This helped explain to the children why magic came easy to us and how our ancestors heard our prayers through our blood. As children hearing these stories, one can understand the drama and spellbinding ability these tales had on impressionable minds, enough so to be passed on to the modern age. This paper will recount several of these folktales and explore the ways in which they connect one family to their island past while shaping their identities in the post-diaspora urban present. #sea #ocean #tentacles #academia #pcaaca #presenter #puertorico #mermaids #witches #fairytales #gothictales #folktales

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