Haiti sees Carifesta as 'first step'
Regional body to
plan festival urged
By RICKEY SINGH I glimpse of the Black cultural appreciation o themselves,
THE Republic of Haiti heritage a the Haitian.peo- o their independence and
would he-eta pie. cultural dignity.
would weome.the efablish Before they return to Author of "A annual of
ment of a permanent, corn- Haiti said Dr. Piquiop, they Negritude," one of his more
mittee, representative of all will leave for the govern- important books, Dr. Piquion
the Caribbean countries, to meant and people of Guyana said that in this particular
plan for the holdingof re- all the paintings (15), books publication he had dqcumen-
lan for the hldg .a. re- (25 historical and sociologi- ted the various definitions of
gional cultural festival every al. works), photographs and Negritude as given by such
two or three Vears. handicraft brought for Cari- outstanding Black writers
Haiti's Dr. Rene Piquion, festa. and philosophers as Leopold'
critic and author, sees the Dr. Piquion' would like Senbor and Aime Ces-
Caribbean Festival od Crea- ire.
tive Arts as animportant Negritude, he contended
"first'step." But, he declared was not racism in reverse as
yesterday, for the evolution some would like-to miare-
of a truly integrated "Car- present it. but a literary and
ibbean culture, embracing philosophical expession of
all the multi-racial peoples the African search for iden-
of the region," there .was tity, having endured the
need for a standing body to brutalising and dehumanis-
plan well in advance how ing effects of slavery and
each Caribbean country colonialism.
could best be represented at Asked to explain Negri-,
"another Carifesta." tude in fae context of Black
As in the past,. said Dr. Power, Dr. Piquica said that
Piquion, Haiti stood ready to the latter was "a more radi-
give whatever 'support it- cal philosophy. We would
could to the promotion of a prefer no to discuss what we
"Caribbean culture." But for are doing in Haiti in terms
the actual hosting of a re- of Black Power."
gional culture festival, it Commenting on life in
should be left b a central B. Haiti today, Dr. Piquion said
and standing committee to that' his country was very
help any country which much misrepresented by the
thought it was. ready to international press, and in
sponsor such a festival to do particular by the American
so I nmass media, and this, he felt
Loud in his praise for the DR. RENE PIQtION 'could be the result of a ra-
organisation of Carifesta, Dr. cial bias against the Haitian
Piquion, who is also editor of Haiti to be seen as a Carib- people.
Haiti's largest selling daily bean society maintaining On Graham Green's "The
newspaper (10,000), "The cultural links with Africa. Comedians," Dr. Piquioa
New Worl,' said that he and seeking to be inspired by said that like the film itself,
his colleagues were deeply developments in. that contin- "this is a gross misrepresen-
impressed by the arrange- ent, without having its peo- station of Haiti," and it would
ments made by the Guyana pie behaving as if it was Af- seem that "everytime we are
Government for the current rica they were building in endeavouring to tell of the
festival, the Caribbean and not their progress of our country,
Haiti was happy indeed to own Haitian society. this film is shown to east
be associated with Carifesta, Asked to speak of his own doubts on what's really go.
he said, as he expressed, the works as. a writer, having ing on in our country."
hope that the 14-anan contif- written: s=me eight books Dr. Piquion denied reports
gent of Haitian dancers who over the past 37 years, the of repression in Haiti and of
arrived in the country last 6i-year old Haitian said the "violent politics of the
night would dance their way that he would like to believe Ton Ton Macoutes. '" am a
into the hearts of the Guy- that he had contributed to free man in Haiti;" h -bu4l
anese public and give a giving the Haitian people an ly declared.