Book Project

Under the overall editorship of Milla Cozart Riggio (Trinity College), Paolo Vignolo (National University of Colombia-Bogotá) and Angela Marino (University of California-Berkeley) the book will include essays on the Blue Devils in Trinidad carnival, the Bolivian mining devils in Oruro, the carnival devils of Riosucio, Colombia, the Diablos Danzantes of Venezuela, the Cachúas of the Dominican Republic, and the Puerto Rican vejigantes of Loiza to name a few. In addition, we will represent the cultural and geographical range and reach of festive devil performances by linking, for example, the transnational practices of the Peruvian devil dances in Seattle. We also examine burning effigy rituals of Nevada known as Burning Man, and other fiestas and dance hall cuentos from New Mexico in the U.S. Southwest alongside various depictions of festive devils in contemporary political satire, cartoons and comics throughout the Americas.

To see the full contents of the book, click here...


Editorial Board

Milla Cozart Riggio

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

Paolo Vignolo

Rawle Gibbons

Zeca Ligiero

Angela Marino Segura


Web Site

The web project makes visual materials, interviews, essays, music, and other resources available for further research and teaching materials on popular cultures of the Americas as a complement to the print edition of the book.

Small grants are available to continue work on festive devils of the Americas for this web site. ‚Ä®Please contact us at for more details.


Hemispheric Encuentro 2012 -- Mexico City


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