News Ticker

Carnaval de Gwada (Guadeloupe) …

Performing the Past

 By Audra A. Diptee, Ph.D.

Gwada – the name by which locals refer to Guadeloupe – offers the world a carnaval in which history is ever present.  Fortunately, Carnaval de Gwada has not gone down the path that Carnival in Brazil or Trinidad & Tobago has gone down which, generally speaking, has reduced Carnival costumes to beads, bikinis, and feathers. In Guadeloupe, it is truly a performance that is quite often an active engagement with history.

The photographs to the left show a band portraying the arrival of missionaries to West Africa.  Participants are dressed as nuns, priests and the pope … Not exactly the kind of imagery one sees in the better known Carnivals …

"Kle La." Carnaval band portraying missionary involvement in the colonization of French West Africa.  Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (2013)

“Kle La.” Carnaval band portraying missionary involvement in the colonization of French West Africa. Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (2013)

About adiptee (10 Articles)
Audra A. Diptee has a PhD in history (University of Toronto, 2006). She is the Managing Director of the not-for-profit The History Watch Project. She is also a university professor. Her research covers common themes in Caribbean and African history.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: