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  • Collection: Traditional Jamaican Dances

Bruckins party at Mello-Go-Round in 1978 festival celebration

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A group performs bruckins at Mello-Go-Round during the 1978 festival of the arts.

Dinki Mini

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Dinki mini is mainly practised in St. Andrew, St. Mary and St. Ann. It is a member of the Wake Complex of traditional dances. Dinki mini is performed on the second to the eighth night of the traditional ninth night observances. These sessions are…

Etu/Ettu

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A gentleman in a hat doing the etu/ettu dance. A group of persons cheer him on. Etu is an African retained dance kept alive by a small group of people in Hanover who claim Yoruba (Nigerian) ancestry. Etu may be part of a ‘play’ performed at wedding…

John Canoe dance

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Dancers perform the John Canoe dance.

Kumina being performed in Manchioneal, Portland

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Photograph showing a small group performing the Kumina dance in Manhioneal, Portland. A much larger group of spectators look on.

Maypole

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A group of women doing the maypole dance. The Maypole is a European retained social dance which originated from May Day celebrations in England. It has however, taken on a Jamaican character.

Morant Bay Wesleyan Church

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View of the Morant Bay Wesleyan Church in St. Thomas.

Quadrille done by villagers from Farm

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Two elderly couple dancing the Quadrille while the villagers look on.