An informational website of Afro-Mexicans of the Costa Chica by Bobby Vaughn
This website presents a brief introduction to the culture, history, and unique experience of Mexicans of African descent. It focuses on the Costa Chica region of southern Mexico, a place I have come to know rather well over the years. As a cultural anthropologist, I am interested in how issues of race, color, and nationalism make the Afro-Mexican experience what it is today. One of the research questions that most interests me is “How do black people in Mexico understand and live their black identity — assuming they have a black identity at all?” This question fascinates me primarily because issues of race in general and blackness in particular are rarely talked about in Mexico.
I feel very appreciative and fortunate to have worked with and shared my life with many wonderful people in Mexico over the past 20 years. I hope to present the story of Afro-Mexicans in the most respectful way I know how.
The site is designed to be introductory, with a brief historical overview of African slavery in Mexico, a discussion of the Costa Chica region — which is where most black Mexicans live today –, as well as some photographs I’ve taken over the years. I hope you enjoy the site and I welcome your comments.