Lois Wilcken (Ph.D., Columbia University), a native New Yorker, has had the pleasure of researching the traditional music and dance of Haiti in Port-au-Prince and New York City's Haitian neighborhoods. She shares her experiences with academic and general audiences. In addition to developing programs with La Troupe Makandal, Dr. Wilcken has served students from kindergarten through university with educational programs. White Cliffs Media Company published her book, The Drums of Vodou, in 1992. In 1998, University of Illinois Press published Island Sounds in the Global City, which she co-edited with Dr. Ray Allen. One may visit Dr. Wilcken's Vodou Music in Haiti exhibit at lameca.org. She is currently annotating a collection from her own field recordings for publication on the web-based Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis Digital Archive (EVIADA) based at Indiana University, and with Makandal, she is curating an online archive centered on the life and legacy of the company’s late Artistic Director, Master Drummer Frisner Augustin.
The Wilcken Collection includes sound recordings, still and moving images, and text documents from the combined holdings of Dr. Lois Wilcken, Frisner Augustin, and La Troupe Makandal. Items were contributed to those holdings by various creators. They date from 1965 to the time of Mr. Augustin's passing in 2012.