Carnival's Impact On The Development Of Carnival In Trinidad And Tobago

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INTRODUCTION The genesis of Carnival was attributed to the influx of French settlers who came with large numbers of slaves to Trinidad in the late eighteenth century. The island was later captured by the British and was made a crown colony of Great Britain. The Carnival celebrations was the most influential culture that was originally defined in culture if Trinidad; the celebration was practiced by two distinctly different social streams, the upper class and the lower class. Africans and persons of mixed race were forbidden by the law to participate in street festivities. Owing to this historical and situational progression of carnival, it can be deduced that class and colonization impacted on the development of carnival in Trinidad and Tobago.…show more content…
The chapter begins with the Genesis of what begun the influential disparities in carnival. The reintroduction of the middle and upper class citizens or settlers into the street mascaraed, because of colonization of Trinidad and Tobago by the British. With it, they came with their European values and embarked on removing the heavily misunderstood traditions and symbolisms of African culture. This would have been compounded by the already preconceived stereotype about the uneducated, violent, vulgar, aggressive nature of the African. This was done as an attempt to keep the classes and races from interaction with each…show more content…
Tamboo Bamboo was symbolic in the agricultural lay out of Trinidad and Tobago. The steel pan signified a new economic structure however, their social issues were the same, therefore the same anger that pounded the bamboo to the ground was now played out through the steel pan. This gave the steelpan players a stigma of being referred as worthless, low class and ruthless. due to this stereotype, they were shone by people of their own economic class. this was compounded by the clashes these steel bands had in the streets. It was not until 1949 when the coloured middle and upper class college boys participated in the steel band which played in parities, concerts and private functions for the upper class that caused them to change their perception of Pan and began giving them the respect they

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