I’m Corinna Moebius, a cultural anthropologist, Little Havana resident and tour guide, and co-author of “A History of Little Havana” (The History Press, 2015). I co-authored the book with Dr. Guillermo Grenier, an internationally known scholar on the Cuban Diaspora. Read my complete bio here.
Tour Guide Qualifications & Experience:
- Trained in tour guiding through Miami’s only tour guide certification program
- 10 years experience leading walking tours of Little Havana
Knowledge of Little Havana
- Conduct extensive original, doctoral-level research on Little Havana
- The stories I share include those shared with me by local residents (and Little Havana influencers) from diverse backgrounds
- Advisor and Teaching Fellow for an urban planning class being taught at Florida Atlantic University: “Planning Workshop: Civic Engagement & Neighborhood Revitalization: Issues and Options for Miami’s Little Havana.” read more
Knowledge of Cuban/Latin American/Caribbean History, Arts, Traditions and Spiritualities
- Trained for 15 years in Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and music (rumba, Yoruba, Palo, Son, Casino) (founder of We Love Afro-Cuban Dance on Facebook, with 1,300+ members worldwide)
- Student of Afro-Cuban religions, also learning directly from priests and practitioners (Iyalochas/Santeras, Babalochas/Santeros, Babalawos, Paleros, Curaderas/os, Espiritistas)
- Third Year Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology at Florida International University, also earning Graduate Certificates in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Afro-Latin American Studies and African & African Diaspora Studies.
- Former director (and board member) of Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, Little Havana’s well-known monthly arts and culture festival
- Former Board Member, Latin American Folk Institute (it no longer operates, but here’s some information about it)
- Author of an e-book on Little Havana cuisine (currently being revised); acknowledged as a key source in Mandy Baca’s “A Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs, and Empanadas” (2013)
Connection/Involvement in Little Havana
- 10-year resident of East Little Havana (“the barrio”)
- Co-founder and Vice Chair of the Little Havana Merchant Alliance
- Host Council Member, Live Healthy Little Havana
- Steering Committee member, Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan for Little Havana
- Interviewed by reputable news outlets worldwide, as well as documentary filmmakers, based on my work in Little Havana
- Cigar aficionado
- I like to tell stories
- I love my neighborhood!
If you want to learn more about my work in Little Havana and the philosophy behind it, check out this mini-documentary about me on PBS, part of a series called “Women and Girls Lead.”
I also welcome you to visit my personal website, where you can learn more about my background and work in Little Havana.
Originally, this site–LittleHavanaGuide.com–had been an extensive guide to Little Havana, written by yours truly (and with more than 100 original articles). If you’re wondering what happened to this part of my “guiding,” don’t worry. I am bringing back my articles in the form of blog posts, so more in a storytelling form, and you can search the site for the topics that interest you. It’s been too much of a challenge to keep this site updated as a “guide,” especially since I’m so busy in graduate school!.
I hope you will visit Little Havana itself, if you don’t already live/work/visit here, and whether or not you take a tour with me!