Edwidge Danticat

In this recording, acclaimed author Edwidge Danticat shares what she describes as "crisis sounds" specific to Haitian culture and Haitian Kreyól. Danticat's novels were key readings in a course on public health and Haiti taught at Duke University in the fall of 2015. Danticat was interviewed by students via Skype during the semester and later contributed this original recording to the Sonic Dictionary to demonstrate some of the unique sounds and expressions associated with her novelistic renderings of Haiti. View the class' exhibit "Sonic Signatures of Trauma in Haiti" here.

Kelli Aibel, Duke University Student

Sound is reflecting inter-personal abuse through burning.

The Orchard Enterprises

The sound of a calabash breaking as it hits the floor. Usually these types of vessels are used to carry water or food.