As you can see from the quote at the top of Fox Home, the loss of this great historian feels deeply personal.
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Michel-Rolph Trouillot & Haiti’s Gold Rush
Jul 07, 2012 ~ Written by
Every year at the big award ceremonies there’s a special
block of time reserved for stars whose blindingly brilliant lights have been
extinguished. A larger-than-life screen usually hangs above the audience.
Everyone looks skyward—to view the lineup of mind-blowing talent that once
seemed so formidable, if not immortal. As audience members blink back tears,
everyone secretly wonders when their turn will come to be “honored” in this way.
Will their picture even make it to the sky-screen? Will someone accidentally
forget to include them in the lineup? Who will mourn their passing? Will anyone
beside close family members even remember their contribution? Will
anyone–especially strangers–really, really care?
“Haiti lost one of the
greatest men who ever lived,” said Leslie H. of Professor Michel Rolph Trioullot
who passed away July 6, 2012. “He is revered among anthropologists worldwide.
His book, Silencing the Past, is like a sacred text on college campuses. .
M.C. said: “What bothers me about Prof. Trouillot’s passing is that I
never had a chance to tell him in person how his writings changed my life. I
should have told him that, you know. But I didn’t want to bother him. Iwanted to
have something important to say when I approached him. Everyone who knew Prof.
Trouillot says he was as generous and giving as he was brilliant. I should have
told him that his writing changed the course of my entire life.”
B. said, “My heart breaks now because Haiti has lost a giant among thinkers. I
mourn, also, because there are so many people out there who don’t even know they
should be mourning. They don’t even know the real significance of this
On the other side of the ocean, the island from which Dr. Michel
Rolph Trouillot came is busy being reconstructed. Everyone is figuring out ways
to harvest fruit from all the trees that have yet to be planted. While all the
super-sizing of Haiti continues without a break, while investors rush to scrape
the gold mines clean, let us heed Dr. Trouillot’s words and remember not to
silence the past. Let us use the ropes of the past to ring the bell of Haiti’s
Remember, also, that Haiti’s greatest treasures reside not
in the mines but in the minds of our thinkers, especially our elders. The gold
they possess in abundance is available, if we would only ask. First, however,
we must recognize, honor, and respect our elders. Respekte grandmoun yo! The
treasures they carry inside their heads are priceless. Acknowledge, appreciate,
and celebrate our elders now, lest– against their own will–they take all the
gold with them.
Rest in perfect peace, Dr. Trouillot. VoicesfromHaiti
celebrates your immeasurable contributions to Haiti and the world. We send our
sincere condolences to those who have only begun to feel the sting of your
(c) VoicesfromHaiti/Share Widely.
Selected works of Dr.
1977 Ti difé boulé sou Istoua Ayiti. New
York: Koléksion Lakansièl.
1988 Peasants and Capital: Dominica in the
World Economy. Johns Hopkins University Press.
1990 Haiti: State against
Nation. The Origins and Legacy of Duvalierism. Monthly Review Press.
Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Beacon Press.
2003 Global Transformations: Anthropology and the Modern World.
not know Dr. Trouillot personally, but I had the good fortune of having my
writing appear alongside his in an anthology called Mozayik, edited by another
great mind who passed away earlier this year: Roger Savain.
the following links for more on this national treasure.
reviewed Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History in
Nadève Ménard and Régine Michelle Jean-Charles’s invite tributes,
recollections, and words you might wish to share about Dr. Trouillot on http://tandenou2.blogspot.com/ " ]