The Culture behind St. Kitts and Nevis Charlene Kabongo December 03, 2017 Afro-Caribbean 3200 Section 7342 Professor: Mark W. Payne 1
This fairly new independent State of St. Kitts-Nevis presently stands about the size of Washington D.C with a population of approximately 44,000 with St. Kitts holding 35,000 inhabitants and Nevis with 9,000 inhabitants. It is located in the western portion of the Caribbean, about 120 miles east of the U.S Virgin Islands, approximately 250 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. Prior to 1967, the Islands consisted of three islands, St. Kitts, known as the seat of government, Nevis and Anguilla. By 1967 Anguilla seceded from the British Federation, and St. Kitts and Nevis became one poetically independent island in 1983. It’s been stated that 95% of the populace consist of Afro-Caribbean’s who are largely descendants of slaves imported to work on sugar plantations and the remainder are merely descendants of British settlers and of early and later migrants. St. Kitts and Nevis inhabitants and residents have a dialect partly based on English and partly on Several West African languages. For the most part English is the language of business, religion and schools. However the local dialect referred to as Kitttitian on Saint Kitts and Nevisian on Nevis is used in family and at Social gatherings. One can also see this type of tradition in a lot of African 2
countries that were colonized by the British or the French. Local dialect or “home languages” are only spoken at home or among friends, while French or English is used in a professional setting. Saint Kitts and Nevis origins’ is deeply held on Cultural symbols. Both islands have traditional dances, music, garb and tales but neither is committed to a constellation of symbols that could anchor cultural identity. Rather the different variety of culture is celebrated in a series of festivals. Symbolic features such as clowns, Moko-Jumbies and other mythological figures represent a key part of St. Kitts’ culture. Originating in West Africa, Moko-Jumbies or stilt walkers are a favorite part of the celebration of the culture on St. Kitts. These popular figures derive from African mythology with significance of the god of vengeance. The masquerade art form is a combination of African and European influences that have been evolving. In Heritage perspective, a documentary on St. Kitts an islander by the name of Perry
You've reached the end of your free preview.
Want to read all 11 pages?
- Spring '14
- Saint Kitts, Anguilla