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Dr. Ewart Skinner explores the international and national meanings of Trinidad Carnival, one of the major carnivals of the Western hemisphere. This celebration has evolved from a medieval pre-Lenten mockery of the sacred and the profane, to a derision of colonial elites, and now to a romping national festival with strong social and political overtones. As a national event with transformative power, Trinidad Carnival uses three kinds of performance: steel orchestras, calypso music, and performed costumery. Dr. Skinner discusses how each of these elements engages the national consciousness in a particular way and, through their interweaving during carnival, become a force in defining a national consensus on race, ethnicity, and politics.

Publication Date

Spring 4-4-2000



Trinidad Carnival: Performance and Hybridity as National Representation