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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GAIN BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CARRIACOU’S AFRICAN HERITAGE

May 13, 2014 02:57PM

Beausejour, Carriacou, May 13th, 2014- A group of students from an American University is getting a glimpse and a better understanding of Carriacou’s deep African cultural traditions.

Eleven students from The Northeastern University, led by Dr. Leonard Brown, are presently on island as part of an Afro-Caribbean Research Project.

During their two week stay they will experience a variety of the island’s culture which includes a village maroon in the community of Bogles, big drum dancing, quadrille and Shakespeare Mas.

The group was welcomed to the island by Senator Jester Emmons and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Bernadette Lendore-Sylvester.

Senator Emmons, Parliamentary Secretary for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, said the students will experience a unique cultural tradition which has kept the people close for generations, making special reference to the importance of the big drums.

PS Lendore-Sylvester noted that the rich amalgamation of the cultures has made the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique unique.

Cultural traditions, she said, that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, thus the islands are referred to as the “Cradle of Culture”.

The group, which leaves Carriacou on May 25, will also meet and learn from Carriacou's cultural and traditional bearers such as Christine David, Harrison Fleary and Cosnel McIntosh about the island’s rich legacies of music, dance and folk life that are tied to African roots.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact: The Public Relations Department, Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs

 

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