Beginning in Trinidad Carnival, this video examines carnivals on every Caribbean island. It explores the unique forms of each celebration and reveals their shared role as a path to the liberation of the spirit.
Festivals create and sustain a sense of community in the Caribbean. This video looks at such folk festivals of the region as the Hindu festival of Phagwa in Trinidad and Guyana; the La Rose and La Marguerite flower festivals in St. Lucia; the Johnkunnoo of Jamaica, Belize, and the Bahamas; Masquerade in Guyana and St. Kitts; and the Hosein festivals of Trinidad and Jamaica.
Caribbean children grow up playing games that shape the attitudes and expectations of their roles in later life. This video explores these games and looks at the adult games to which they lead, focusing on draughts in Barbados, dominoes in Dominica, all fours in Trinidad, warri in Antigua, and cricket on all the islands. It also questions the reasons for Caribbean women’s historically low level of participation in these games.
Although the indigenous population of the Caribbean was decimated by the European invasion, many peoples and many cultural traditions have survived and grown stronger through change and hybridization. This program looks at survivors from Guyana, Trinidad, St. Vincent, Dominica, and Belize, examining their current movements toward exchange, cooperation, and united action.
Much of Caribbean culture is oral. This video investigates oral “literature” in the region and includes the work of many of the Caribbean’s best oral performers and “composers.” It features Louise Bennett, Paul Keens-Douglas, Edward Brathwaite, Michael Smith, Mutabaruka, Jeannette Layne-Clarke, Bruce St. John, and Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall.
Women have always been entrepreneurs in the informal economy of the Caribbean. Cohosted by Vincentian Earlene Home, this video focuses on a number of projects centered on women and work in Dominica, Jamaica, and Guyana.