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HISTORY: How African Slaves Braided Rice Seeds Into Their Hair & Changed the World

April 5, 2020 ~ By Shari Rose – https://blurredbylines.com

On slave ships to the Americas, West African slaves braided rice seeds in their hair & forever altered the New World economy with their knowledge of the rice crop

Bundle of harvested rice gathered by farmer.

Bundle of harvested rice gathered by a Maroon farmer in French Guiana. {Source: Tinde van Andel}

 

During the African slave trade, enslaved peoples found ways to retain their agency, and keep themselves and their cultures alive in ways that were not widely acknowledged by Western historians until the late 2000s.

As Dutch slave owners forcibly transported people from West Africa to colonies in modern-day Brazil and throughout the Americas, some African women, namely rice farmers, braided rice seeds into their hair as a means for survival of themselves and the culture of their homeland.

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