African Influence on Trinidad Carnivals Essay by Gisnik

African Influence on Trinidad Carnivals
This paper is about Trinidad and Tobago's festive annual carnival celebration and how various aspects of the festivities are influenced by early and current African traditions.
# 53632 | 2,137 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Nov 22, 2004 in Anthropology (African) , Anthropology (Cultural) , Art (General)

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The paper starts off by giving some background information about the country of Trinidad, its location, the people that reside in the country, etc. The paper then includes a description of the festivities involved in Trinidad's yearly carnival. The remainder of the paper goes on to analyze the early origins of Trinidad carnival and how each aspect of the celebration has been greatly influence by African traditions.

From the Paper:

"Trinidad and Tobago is a small island located in the south part of the West Indies. The country is considered a 2-nation island because of the fact that the islands Trinidad and Tobago are so close to each other. Trinidad located just 7 miles away from the county of Venezuela, is said to be the most industrialized island in the Caribbean because of its large oil deposits and multi-cultural population harboring inhabitants from countries such as India, Europe and Africa. The county of Trinidad is widely known for its beautiful beaches, infectious calypso music, and more importantly its annual carnival. Trinidad's carnival is one of the country's most celebrated events taking place on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It is filled with people from Trinidad as well as from all over the world coming together to dress up in extravagant costumes and masquerades and then partaking in the wild festivities of dancing, enjoying the music and appreciating the rich history and culture of Trinidad (Porter & Prince 2003: 29 & 676)."

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