Bamboula: “Dancing for Freedom, Dancing for Identity”

Repeating Islands


On a visit to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands the author (identified as Beetraveler) interviewed Afro-Caribbean Bamboula dancers, who are keeping their nearly lost tradition alive on the islands. She interviews MaryAnn Golden Christopher, who demonstrated the traditional dance and explained the cultural importance behind preserving it. She writes:

These Afri-Caribbean Bamboula Dancers are keeping a once nearly lost tradition alive on the US Virgin Islands. As it was Black History Month, and I was very curious about the story behind this dance and its importance to the islands, I arranged an interview to find out more. They not only demonstrated the dance but also explained the importance of the dance to their history and identity as US Virgin Islanders and Americans.

This interview was filmed at the waterfront directly in front of the St. Thomas Legislature Building in the capital city of Charlotte Amalie. In fact, one…

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