Lexicon
Creolization

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Creolization is a term referring to the process by which elements of different cultures are blended together to create a new culture. The word creole was first attested in Spanish in 1590 with the meaning ‘Spaniard born in the New World’. In the 1970s the term was widely adopted by linguists, who used it to denote a contact language or ‘pidgin’ that is spoken as a first language by subsequent generations. Since that time creolization has emerged as an important paradigm throughout the social sciences. It is employed today in varied ways by anthropologists, ethnographers and archaeologists working on multicultural adjustment in a wide range of colonial and post-colonial contexts. (Oxford Classical Dictionary)

Similarly, Creole Architecture generally is defined as 'non-indigenous, nativized, tropical, colonial architecture and its descendants.'

While there are differing versions on the exact origins of 'Creoles, and 'Creolization,' it is universally accepted that it is the result of colonization and the confluence of people of indigenous descent and other lineages that have migrated into their realm, either peacefully or forcefully.

Just as the Creolization of the peoples on our the planet has occurred and continues to take place, so too the development and evolution of their architecture. Creole Architecture is the structures co-designed and adapted and transformed so as to meet the local demands of traditions, skill, resources and climate through integrating Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and culture with transhumant or exotic knowledge and cultures.



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