Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2008) has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing.
The author of Travels with Tooy is Richard S. Price, Duane A. and Virginia S. Dittman Professor of American Studies, Anthropology and History at William and Mary. Price has conducted 35 years of research among the descendants of rebel slaves living in the South American rain forest. He encountered Tooy, a priest, philosopher and healer living in a shantytown on the outskirts of Cayenne, French Guiana.
The Victor Turner Prize is a juried competition sponsored by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco in November.