The Fernando Ortiz International Prize given by the homonymous Cuban foundation acknowledged on Monday in Havana the life and work of U.S. anthropologist Richard Price, known for his studies on secondary cultures in the Caribbean, Prensa Latina reports.
The ceremony took place at the Martinez Villena Hall of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC). The award is given, exceptionally, to national and international persons and institutions studying and carrying out research work, from Social Sciences, on processes in Latin America.
Jesus Guanche, member of the executive board of the Fernando Ortiz Foundation (FFO), said that the award was given to Price for his important contribution on the first conceptualization of runaway slaves and the formation of colonial communities, taking comparative studies as a starting point.
The results of this research work on ethnographic history have won numerous prizes of various entities, like the American Folklore Society and the Association of Caribbean Studies, among others, asserted Guanche while explaining the nomination.
I receive this prize with great honor, even more because it was the Cuban ethnologist himself the one who influenced my comparative studies, stated Price.