Interview with Marta Keen

Date: August 15, 1981

Source: S1576 , T81-70, T81-71, T81-72

Type: Sound

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  • Three reel to reels. T81-70: Marta Keen, a relative of Camillo Nuñez, fled to the United States from Cuba in 1962 when she was 15 years old. She discusses how her parents sent her to America as a youth as Communism spread through Cuba; her experiences when she first arrived in Florida; the diminishment of religion in Cuba; Santeria; Camillo Nuñez's fair-skinned mother; and quince parties in the U.S. T81-71: Keen discusses Cubans' and her own reaction to Cubans who came to America on the Mariel boatlift in the 1980s; family togetherness; her religious faith and the religious faith she'd like for her children; Cuban lullabies and songs; Christmas and Christmas Eve in Cuba; and Cuban music. T81-72: Keen and Nuñez discuss their relatives' educational and professional backgrounds; their attitudes towards Haitian immigrants; painting; and acquiring American traditions while retaining their native Cuban culture as well. Copied onto C81-41, C81-42 & C81-43.

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