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Those who are within the cultures also suffer from lack of means such as video cameras, tape recorders, or even pen and paper, especially paper which will withstand the ravages of climate and insects.
Outsiders come in and and do research but this doesn't necessarily support the internal apprenticeship.
There has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in the cultures and the religions on the part of all Cubans, but for a number of reasons, including the lack of resources available inside Cuba to support an internal apprenticeship of the culture by the young from the old, the result has been incomplete initiations into the cultures.
For various reasons, including the US blockade and internal racism, the Cuban educational system has not been able to work with the communities to develop such resources.
We do not view the Cuban Government as an enemy, it is solidly in place and will remain there.
They have taken a number of steps to reduce racism, they are acutely aware of the problem, especially at the higher levels.
We will work with those who have a love for these cultures and appeal to those who go down to the island to bring back material such as you find on these pages.
Some pages that highlight these cultures Each community maintains a certain identity through language, music, dance, religion, and membership organizations ranging from the cabildos (casa templos), self-help associations dating from the days of slavery and organized under African rules, to the West Indian Welfare Center, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary.