Les Polonais Noirs
July 4, 2013
Center for Urban History, Lviv
Center hosted a screening of Les Polonais a Haiti documentary. The screening was followed by a presentation by Sebastian Rypson, anthopologist and project leader, entitled "Les Polonais Noirs".
In his presentation, Sebastian Rypson provided a descriptive and analytical overview of the historical circumstances concerning the participation of Polish Legionnaires in the Haitian Revolution during the period 1802-1803. The presentation analysed the reasons for the Legionnaries’ defection to the Haitian Army and their subsequent naturalisation as Haitian, and thus ‘Black’, citizens. Furthermore, the presentation provided an in-depth overview and analysis of the Poloné-Ayisyen community and its history in Haiti, focussing also on the survival of material and immaterial artefacts of the Poloné-Ayisyen existence remaining in Haiti today. Finally, the presenter was specifically focused on the intertwinement of historical narratives produced by the Poloné-Ayisyens themselves and narratives concerning development of their community, as well as an analysis of historical narratives about the Poloné-Ayisyens produced by non-Haitian authors, and the way historical narrative production works in general.