Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: CARIFESTA - a unifying force
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Title: CARIFESTA - a unifying force
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Hunter, Oliver
Publisher: Sunday Chronicle
Publication Date: 5/28/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199791
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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unifying fore
Tadia, i Qu e REBELUION Soon these men became by Oliver Hunter
ando r folk rit--ls o-aiOr
Beauty, n were Butthings didno the first folk heroes. They One noted West Indian
beauty, Wicnrl were Butr tniqsqno remain.
practised by the people at this way forever. There came back to the coast writer has pointed out that
wa foreveafter blood curdling Caribbean culture,' first
the grassroot level, were were changes, slow at first, sojourns ith trangetales heralded by the Cuban
events laughed at and even deep midst the inner of odd happenings in a literary and philosophical
scorned by many In longings of the people beauteous land. They movement a century ago,
Guyata around the end of and there were subtle came back ato the is beginning to blossom
the 19th century .. .an rebellions a t is beginning to blossom
historic conspiracy againstny are the tales o coastland to assume the with a glory, all of its own.
historic conspiracy against Many are the tales O role of semi-folk gods to The poetry -of Pales
the culture of the masses.. how the Oku and Yoruba be defied by inferior peers. Matos of PuertoRico and
In place of the Peoplel who lived on .the West by inferiortant ab Matos of Puerto Rico and
folk culture the European Bank of the Demerara What is important about Aime Cesaire of
masters introduced, alien River carried theif drums the porkknocker' sMartinique, Nicolas
cultural forms, system f with them in their farms experience when related to Guillen of Cuba, the
vultuales tform af Jel e and how they even held f the world of t he slavery novel of Zobel, the
I"Frison ind'sfthe many-festivals. ..real folk plantation culture is the social novels of Jacques
people f r u es. festivals in. te forest far fact that because he was Romain in Haiti, Mais of
Thjs was' the M era in away from the ears and for varying periods of time Jamaica, Pablo Neruda of
which the inasses were eyes of masters bent oncut off from the Chile, Lamming of
robbed of their true sense destroying their culture. plantation culture and Barbados, Mittelholzer,
litl "w -exposed to a new Harris, Carter an
of values and became little These folk festivals were" dxposed to a new Harri s, Carter anj
of values and became These folk festival were environment where he was Seymour of Guyana, an
more than mimics... they relief for-soul and mind of able to think for he was Seymou of TGuyana, an
were a people with no a people weakened t t for himself and assert addition to the paintidadng,
ancestral gods, no home, culturally and for himself and assert addition to the painting,
no aspiration, no destiny This rebellion also took himself in many ways, he sculpture, music, dance
in shprt a people the form of a cultural emered anew being a and the indigenous folk art
without a living culture fusion embodng itself in real man that belonged to forms of these lands, have
S ,th fusion embodng. Itself the land and drank In its all ascended above the
the famoLANTATIs mass ceremony beauty. There was born a level of a plantation
PLA ATION of the Tadga. Although, inew awareness and out of culture and belong to the
This era of the plantation. Indian in origin, this folk this awareness a new life people.
culture, basically of a ceremony incorporated all pattern- a new culture.
coastland nature, evolved races in Guyana .. and it As it was with th EXPERIENCE
as a result of many peoples was A occasion for thl porkknocker, who was Never-the-less, many of
being thrown together on a g is t 6 r e b thrown into a new cosmos us still look at Caribbean
plantations which called vehem ehtly. against the and emerged- a new and Latin American things
for a large labour force., plantation culture., ,creature as a result of his through the cockeyed
Labour first came from Andeven'Porkknockers new awareness, so it is telescope of the Old
t he i n d igen o u s who rushed away from the with other people. There World. Mirages like
Amerindians who were coast land defying arose the clamour for colonial phantoms still
soon decimated by disease, treacherous falls like Indigenous consciousness. loom large on the horizons
warfare and slavery P a ar be k a s h, Itanamie' CONSCIOUSNESS of the mind. And although
Next came the AfrlcanTamonelro and Mora, i In ryalna in cent times the coercive voices are
slaves and then indentured which snuffed away the one has been witnessing now dim, there are still
labourers whose tears, lives of many Buxtonians, the birth of a cultural questions in the womb of
blood and sweat painted were: looking for a revolution indigenous the psyche. Am I a child of
gloomy pictures on canvas liberation from the chains conscousness. There has the land? Whe re the
of the land. of this enforced European been a conspicuous safari ancestral gods? Fresh
In the society of this cllfure to the past. thoughts of our forebears'
plantation system, there The 'porkknocking ~ now is home across the seas in
were deep divisions along bush 'for the first time not n bel cultu another clime, imprison
not4 lural, as We asothe clime impriso
the cultural, as well s gave them an opportunity according to colonial the mind.
economic, social and i
oc nes. to weave.their myths that connotation,but n being ne aim of CAR FESTA
political lines, in an l spoke of the land -.... involved inrrealgrassrootS ni to help shatter thiS
to ensure as little myths about iMassa- ;culture. The emphasisis t h s
co-operation among Dal Knackman etc. the land of birth. The em- shatter myths woven in
peti nla n r ,,, s ha an T Dlrn il times -p ytohS
indentured immigrants of, The 'porkknocking phasiso is on epr which made plantation
many races. i bush 'for the first time pride over all that belongs culture supreme and
many resut, wst a allowed them to transform to us Guyanese our Cure our premet io
coThsee dreslt asa-'their work and lives and Phagwah, Eid, Shanty and Euope our Mcca. It Is to
confused, divided and fears, andinterpretionof Mas hrmdannaand make us know that unlike
culturally alienated beautiful hinterland our forebears our
people. Whatever they{ b tl hint nMasquerade. umbilical cord is rooted in
possessed were made to inviron nt into songr- CARIBBEAN the sacred soil.
look inferior. Only~sg like Itanamle and Guyanarenotalone Man are seeing
European values ilShala Brown and in this struggle. All the CARIFESTA, which will
standards, norms an time it was these very peoples in and around the be held in Georgetown
beliefs were supposed songs, which when sung, Caribbean have shared. In from August 25 to
be superior. -gave these hardy men the some way the evils S ember 15, and which
courage and strength to colonial times. They havewill bring together the
Saddle their boats over the all, over the last decades,cultures of thirty-one
raids and falls. been fighting for a place in Caribbean and Latin
the cultural sun.

American countries, in the
context of a spiritual force
sweeping away the last of
these alien cultural images.
For Guyanese,
CARIFESTA, like the
experience of the
porkknockers, will take us
into a new world where we
can discover for ourselves
what we truly are it
will lay bare the beauties
of our cultural landscape
and will make us more
aware of what belongs to
us as a proud people,
aspiring for a cultural
identity out of six peoples
made one.

WORK on the Cultural Centre has gone
a far way since the construction was'
awarded to S.A. Nabi & Sons, Limited..
This construction is in a joint venture
with the National Industrial Co-operative

Society. In picture, work on the setting
up of columns and walls is seen in
progress at the Centre site at D'urban

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