Many Trinbagonians revere our Carnival.
Many of us don’t.
Between the two extremes few seem to recognize the gem and golden beauty that is Trinbagonian Carnival.
Whatever the source of origin of Trinbagonian Carnival; peoples of Africa, Europe,India,China, Syria,Portugal,Spain ,the Caribbean islands and France; all included. mingled together and germinated an expression of soul and spirit to awaken deep memories of our planet’s origin and growth and evolution through Trinbagonian Carnival.
Africans from their continent were accustomed to the celebration of life through several kinetic media. They utilised local materials fomtheir environment and mimiced celestial and natural phenomena through their kinetic forms and presentations. Fromm DARKNESS TO LIGHT; enslaved to plantation owner,from police to thief,these phenomena were caricatured, masked and presented on the platform of Trinbagonian Carnival.
Over years,these presentations have transformed and sometimes evolved in the portrayal of our realities “real”and imagined as we sought to create conditions of psychic and psychological relief,balance and equilibrium.
To be continued.