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Making Caribbean DanceContinuity and Creativity in Island Cultures$
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Susanna Sloat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034676

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001

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Big Drum Dance of Carriacou

Big Drum Dance of Carriacou

(p.285) 19 Big Drum Dance of Carriacou
Making Caribbean Dance
Annette C. Macdonald
University Press of Florida

Annette Macdonald describes the Big Drum ceremony of Carriacou, which includes sacred rituals and nation dances reflecting African origins and creole dances including types of bele, through the lens of Big Drum leader and folklorist Winston Fleary, who also recalls oral history passed on by an older Big Drum leader, Sugar Adams. A Big Drum is called a Stone Feast when held as part of funeral rites. A gathering is known as a maroon, since oral history traces the ceremony to Jamaican maroons and a descendent of Cromanti Cudjoe. Macdonald, who saw her first Big Drum in 1966, also uses another local source, author Christine David and her vivid description of the dances, sacred and “frivolous,” of this small island, politically joined with Grenada.

Keywords:   Annette Macdonald, Big Drum, Carriacou, bele, Winston Fleary, Sugar Adams, Stone Feast, maroon, Cromanti Cudjoe, Christine David

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