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Trinidad Folklore on DVD
By Anne Hilton Tuesday, April 3 2007
Who needs Hollywood’s Headless Horseman, witches, and wizards when we have our own, real live vampires? When those who walk the bush or catch crabs in the swamps lay hand on heart to say they have seen Papa Bois …
“Trinidad and Tobago’s Folklore”, a documentary film on DVD, gives chapter and verse on figures of local folklore and present-day encounters with the supernatural. The film begins with UWI historian Dr Bridget Brereton giving a brief history of Trinidad and Tobago, mentioning the many cultures that came together to form this body of folklore – the Amerindian, Spanish, French, African, and after 1796, English (the last, anachronistically with an illustration of a gentleman in Elizabethan dress, complete with ruff).
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