Full video record created in association with a Smithsonian Research expedition to record the festival traditions of East Indians in Jamaica. Documentation focuses on creolized East Indian music, dance, and ritual. Video includes: a group of male age-mates performing <bhajan> music (an ensemble of <dhole>, accordian, cymbals, and <sarangee>); a <jonglia> dance accompanied by <biraha> music with drumming on the tamden <negurchi> and <negaru> drums; scenes in a Hossay yard with a demonstration of the Hossay drums; a communal gathering known as a <setsangh>; and a healing rite for an infirm Indian elder. Also included is documentation of an annual Holi or <pagwah> ceremony held in west Kingston which, in Jamaica, is associated with fertility and the renewal of social relationships.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD