Lavinia wants to teach
us Voodoo dancing
Miss LAVINIA Wialiams, no crime wave, riots. strikes
Director and Choreographer and labour unrest in their
of the Haitian, Dance and couDtr, but the reason for
Folk Group which took part this social phe~omenan is....
in Carifesta, said that she was voodoo.
so impressed with the nat- "A person who practses
ural a~situde of the Guyan- voQdoo is perhaps the most
ese people for music and contented person in the world
dancing that she is hoping to as through voodoo one can
start classes locally at the Na- achieve euphoria by simply
tional Cultural Centre or the participating in a ritual dance
University of Guyana to teach to his God and achieving a
voodoo dancing and drum- state of "possession." He does
ming. not need luxury, rich food,
She added that she recent- cigarettes, liquor. LSD, mari-
ly held classes in voodoo Juana or othe7 stimulants to
dancing at the Guyana Teach- achieve this state.
ers' Association hall and was "The trouble with other
so impressed by the response societies is that although they
of the public that she will might have more material
be approaching the Guyana pposesaqns their people turn
Government and the Univer- to smoking, drinking, sex or
sity bf Guyana for assistance drugs to achieve euphoria and
to resume classes locally on they never do ....
a more permanent basis. Referring to Carifesta, Miss
.Williais expressed the view
Miss Williams who made that a body should be set up
this disclosure during an ex- in the Caribbean to study,
clusive -intervier, with 'thie and rp.omote the various cul-
Graphic, stayed that-through-' tures of the region and she
out the Caribbei: .and at the described Carifesta as the
University of the West ladies first stp .towards this end.
campuses in Trinidad,' Jkma- "Tbhrugh Carifesta the
ca, a ados, Antigua 'ad St.people were able to observe
ittt. she is Letdy oonduCt- for ~e first time the many
ig extrauual ces in diverse cultural practices of
roodSda and drum- the people of the, reaon.
ing or the university stu- "And a regional body
dents nd other interested should be set up not only to
persons, She added that she organise more Carifesas but
has been teaching voodoo also to study, blend and pro-
dancing and drumming at the mote te various cultures of
UWI campus in Jamaica for the rea."
the past 15 years since she She added: "Carifesta has
was invted to do so by the made such a great impression
Jamaian follorist Louise on me that I intend to pro-
Bennedt and the Director of mote this idea of a regional
the Jamaican Dance .Theatre cultural body."
Rex Nettleford n 1967. Miss Wiliams and her
Speaking of the value of group 1ift Guyana for Haiti
voodoo to the society. and the last S!oday evening but she
individual, and the benefits said that she would be re-
that oo.ld be derived from it, turning to the country for the
Miss Wjlliams said: "Many opening of the National Cul-
people have always wonder- tural Centre, and to make ar-
ed why, although Haitians rangements for her proposed
are poor materially, there is classes.