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Carnival Is WomanFeminism and Performance in Caribbean Mas$
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Frances Henry and Dwaine Plaza

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825445

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825445.001.0001

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Women and the De-Africanization of Trinidad Carnival: From the Jamette to Bikini, Beads, and Feathers

Women and the De-Africanization of Trinidad Carnival: From the Jamette to Bikini, Beads, and Feathers

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(p.21) Chapter 1 Women and the De-Africanization of Trinidad Carnival: From the Jamette to Bikini, Beads, and Feathers
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Carnival Is Woman
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Dwaine Plaza

Jan DeCosmo

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496825445.003.0002

This chapter examines the evolution of Carnival traditions in Trinidad and Tobago as they relate to the historical context in which Carnival evolved from European traditions with distinct African customs as part of its DNA. The chapter examines the evolving African content in the annual Carnival celebrations from the 1950s to the present.Evidence is presented to show thatcurrent trends across most Carnival bands in Trinidad and the Diaspora has been to move away from epic theatricalproductions that have deep cultural meaning to themes and costumes that are superficial, homogenous and intimately interwoven with the sexual objectification of female masqueraders. These trends aremost apparent in the de-Africanization ofmas’ bands.

Keywords:   Carnival, African, Diaspora, Customs, Trinidad & Tobago

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