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Tobacco - Print

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High resolution print on gallery quality paper.  

THEN:

Steven an African American laborer during slavery woke to a dying fire needed for tobacco curing. Fearing what a spoiled crop might mean for his own safety, Steven stoked the fire quickly with coals formulating a brighter and sweeter tasting leaf. The African aesthetics of cool and innovation which Durham is known for created bright leaf tobacco, subsequent black-owned manufacturing factories and a world-known insurance company, and the economic capital to build infrastructure that this great city continues to profit from today.

 

NOW:

Tobacco, named “Yinu” by the Occaneechi is one of four sacred plants. Yinu is a gift from the Creator. It is presented to elders upon visitation, used as a healing medicine, and sprinkled upon the earth as an offering. Yinu is smoked in ceremony, a sacrifice that continues throughout the life cycle of the plant, beginning before the seeds are planted and after the leaves have been hung, folded, and/or twisted to dry.

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