WHO WE ARE

The Institute for Ethnography and Kreyol Oral Histories (EKO HAITI)

EKO HAITI is the largest open access, crowdsourced research archive dedicated to Haiti 

EKO Haiti was established in 2020 to echo and amplify the voices of Haitians from all walks of life. We provide open access to an exhaustive collection of ethnographies and theses, and an extensive collection of fully searchable historic and contemporary photography as well as transcripts of focus groups and other interviews conducted by researchers to provide direct public access to the stories of ordinary Haitians – farmers, merchants, fishermen, aid workers, and others.

The need for this platform is clear. Journalists, historians, anthropologists, aid workers, and others have written volumes about every aspect of Haitian society. But even the most brilliant ethnographies often fail to reach a general audience. Many of the thoughtful accounts provided by the people interviewed for journalistic and academic reports have never reached the outside world, making it into final reports as truncated quotes, if at all. EKO HAITI exists to provide these Haitian voices with a platform where they can be heard.

EKO HAITI invites anthropologists, researchers, photographers and documentary filmmakers to make their work available on the site. While we constantly strive to produce new material we also rely on crowdsourcing to update and widen the scope of our archives. Contributions play a key role in making EKO HAITI’s archives more relevant, more exhaustive and the best research tool available on HAITI.