The Caribbean is a distinct civilization, despite skeptics having defined the Caribbean as part of other civilizations such as African, Asian and European. This blog aims to show the cultural development of Caribbean societies and the creation of its diaspora; highlighting the emergence of Caribbean identities.
“the essence of the Caribbean being is hybridity, that glorious mixing that happens with cross-fertilization and jumbled-up genealogies. Like Caliban in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, we are strangers in our own lands, speaking with words that are foreign to us. Our fullest expressions happen beyond words in the language created by music, by art, by our bodies in the dance. Junkanoo is the ultimate site of these expressions, or at least, it’s supposed to be, and it can be. It’s for us the most sacred work that any of us can perform. But Junkanoo, weather or no weather, is not invincible; if we play with it too much, we can lose its truth and be left with an empty shell.”