Image: Creole pageantry in Dominica
Image: Creole pageantry in Dominica
Creole pageantry in Dominica

FEAR of the forest often crippled people who lived long, long ago. When unexplained sounds filled the dense canopy of the forest, it was often blamed on Papa Bwa who waddled around in search of mortals to intimidate. When students spontaneously disappeared, LaDjables was frequently accused of being the kidnapper. When they re-surfaced, tales of termite-eating, naked children would emerge to frighten unsuspecting villagers and constrain the will of free children.

Though aged, these stories remain to capture emerging anthropologists and youth who wish to discover cultural antiques. In the absence of television and internet, the storyteller was the tool used to bring people together to socialize.

Essentially, the act of storytelling existed as rural theatre; scaring by entertaining. Today, this cherished antique is slowly being eroded. Why do you think this is so? Tell us on our facebook page: Island Neighbours.

The National Development Foundation of Dominica presents Creole in theStreets in October 23in Roseau. The event targets small business clients and seeks to promote the idea that buying local is better for everyone. It also seeks to promote entrepreneurism in an environment where unemployment is rampant. If you’re in Dominica during that time, take some time to enjoy the “Made in Dominica” products.

Take storytelling beyond the shores of St. Lucia to the isle of flowers. There …discover the Chateau Depaz Garden – an exquisite garden which is complemented with ponds and European-inspired fountains. If that special someone is with you, take a ride on one of our horse-drawn carriages and glide gracefully through aisles of palm trees.

The best tour of folk tales in Guadeloupe is found in the many book stores on the island. Start your book search in Pointe á Pitre: Monde à lire, LibrarieChrétienne, in Petit Canal: Librarie Plus and others. Explore fabulous Caribbean stories retold to quench the zealous taste buds of theatre audiences.

Let’s Go Shopping!
Calling all shopaholics! In celebration of Creole Heritage Month, we invite you to journey to the Kalinago Territory to re-discover, explore and experience the Amerindian way. Re-discover weaving, carving and pottery – making from larouma and coconuts. Search though the many craft shops on the compound and choose from baskets, mats, water goblets, ashtrays and ceremonial bowls. Purchase a few to give away as gift items or simply collect for that end-of-year home makeover. Live a little! Spend a little! Shop a little!

Historical note! The talk of rich indigenous oral literature is best represented by folk tales in the Caribbean. Getto know your neighbours!

A bit of the French for the Visitor
En raconter : To tell tales
Les Mythes

Once upon a time
Il était un frois

One day
Un jour

Le lendemain
The nextday

Un magicien( M) Une magicienne (F)

Un nain (M) Une naine (F)

Un géant (M) Une géante

Une fée


Un roi

Une princesse

Une sirène

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