Photos: Tewey vaval

On Wednesday afternoon Dominicans converged in Bataca in the Kalinago Territory for the final event of the Carnival season called tewey vaval, or simply vaval.

A box containing an effigy of Carnival, which everyone called vaval, was paraded through the streets in a mock funeral procession. This was accompanied by singing, dancing and the playing of la peau kabwit drums.

In the evening the box was burnt symbolizing the end of Carnival for the year.

Photos by Izanahjones.com

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42 Comments

  1. missisng valval
    February 24, 2012

    that is y we Dominicans will never move forword. everything is about devil this and devil that. this is our culture u non belivers are not invited. Do u hear any carib talking about wet fete and wck or kkk no, because this is what makes us unique. ur local bands ur cultures. You move to the US and they have running the bulls, and all sorts of stuff we as dominicans take part but when it comes to something in ur own country all we do is complain…………am not a fan of wet fet i dont attend, not a fan of queen show i dont attend, so what! do u hear any complains nor do i critize. so if u dont like nor believe in val val thats u again. no one is forcing u to come…..

  2. kalinago
    February 24, 2012

    all the hypocrits.. this is not demonic..this is our culture. because u cant understand it dont mean it is bad nor evil..it just symbolizes that its time for the lent season all the barcanal is over dead and gone..the people who say that there were not raised like that and they were raised in church, let me ask u do u guys follow all the rules of the church. the main one marriage befor sex..ah..all u to hypocrit.. if all u cant say something good, dont comment.

    • Justice and Truth
      February 26, 2012

      @ Kalingo

      Carnival was over on Tuesday night. Why did you not have your type of celebration on Tuesday night? Why Wednesday night?
      Since when is it your culture? What you are insinuating is that you are not a carnival lover and detest it. The Caribs were never Christians. They are primitive people who worship the sun and the likes which is why they had this type of celebration. Other Dominicans should never have participated for Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

  3. nikelle
    February 24, 2012

    boi…look sewo i miss….kalinago all the way boi….yh man…to the world :-P

  4. Carib Diva 1
    February 24, 2012

    @Roseau…..even if I kinda agree with you a bit. So during carnival we hang out in our butt panty, drink de worst rum,get drunk gyrate on men’s coconuts and do other stuff, giving de trinis competition, and den give GOD Lent, not even fully. such hypocrites we know we love de sewo garbage lol
    We will defintely perish

  5. simply blessed
    February 24, 2012

    Dominicans are just too negative sometimes. They have to complain about every and anything. The same people that complaining need to pick up the trash in their backyard. go ahead clean up.

  6. Babyphat
    February 24, 2012

    Both R.E tv and TEMPO were at the event, however neither Marpin nor SAT was there.
    Shame how local events are not covered or promoted by local media!!

    Big up to the foreigners who were present!!

  7. February 24, 2012

    Devil Worship, Oh My God . God help DOMINICA.

  8. Original-Eagle-Eye
    February 24, 2012

    OMG!!! Dominicans this has nothing to do with demons!!! You all are so quick to label things evil because of your TAUGHT BELIEFS. Vaval is the burying of the spirit of frivolity & vulgarity to open a pathway for cleansing and rebirth of good deeds. It’s more of a cultural journey. Read up on the IBO people and stop with this out right ignorance.

    You all worried about a campfire? since when? why have we become so hypochrite? you all never attended bon fires? Live and let live. Fire is a very special symbol to many native indian tribes.. let me stop I’m beating dead wood!They can’t speak nor understand patois but they know spanish and korean, they don’t eat local foods but they are blowing up on kfc, Dominicans are so weak minded for the most part is disheartening!

  9. Sayodityodit
    February 24, 2012

    Yeah right why bury something this year and revive the next year? I don’t get it!

    • KALINAGO KID
      February 27, 2012

      CARNIVAL DIE EVERY YEAR……….U GET IT NOW…ITS A SYMBOL OF ENDING CARNIVAL….

  10. Anonymous
    February 24, 2012

    Kalinago to the world!!!!

  11. big
    February 24, 2012

    This looks scary, and dont tell me its our culture!

    • simply blessed
      February 24, 2012

      “big” u are the carib na.

  12. February 24, 2012

    EVERY ONE IS FREE TO DO WHAT EVER THEY WANT TO DO BUT I MUST LET THE PUBLIC KNOW THAT VAVAL DO NOT HAVE ANY THING TO DO WITH DOMINICA’S CULTURE .
    VAVAL IS PART OF THE FRENCH ;MARTINIQUE AND GUADELOUPE CULTURE…
    LET THEM MOVE ON WITH IT AS LONG AS THEY A PRUDENT WITH THE FIRE BECAUSE THE USE OF FIRE CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS ….

    • And?
      February 24, 2012

      So where o you think our culture comes from? It is a mixture of French, British, Kalinago and African slaves.

    • Original-Eagle-Eye
      February 24, 2012

      You sure you want to say that, or you meant it has been more widely practised in the French islands and in recent times embraced by Dominica. Maybe you need a refreshers course in AFRICAN CULTURE and the IBO people.

    • foriegn student
      February 25, 2012

      i see this person needs to go back to his or her history books..

  13. DoHkiLLdEculTUre
    February 24, 2012

    Its good that some of our culture is still practiced in some areas of DA. Good show!

  14. REFRESH
    February 24, 2012

    In other countries they burn a make up doll on a cross and end of carnival burn it at midnight…

  15. mwenmem
    February 24, 2012

    My, My oh My. I miss that crap!!!! My Old Buddy Bert. Always the High Priest. Don’t waste the Rum.

  16. a00r
    February 24, 2012

    Interesting… all my years living in Dominica and now I learning about that wth

    • simply blessed
      February 24, 2012

      u maybe was living under ground

  17. Sout Man
    February 23, 2012

    Very interesting!! Kalinago forever!!

  18. keesaa
    February 23, 2012

    that looks soooo demonic. I neva knew carnival had all that zafet. thank God my parents never let me be apart of that nonsense. Now I know why. Looks like a sacrifice was made to the devil. No wonder de country getting worse. My God, I in shock!

    • oh
      February 24, 2012

      don’t be silly. Ignorance is not a good look on anyone

    • simply blessed
      February 24, 2012

      your parents maybe were afraid to let u out because u will frighten people with your demonic looks.

      • keesaa
        February 25, 2012

        simply blessed that was such a childish comment. How old are you? you oppose my comment but you’re simply blessed? Blessed by who? Cannot be the same God I worship since you oppose my comment.

  19. February 23, 2012

    please forgive me but ever since a little boy, i never saw the ‘sense’ in teway vaval… if you look at it closer… it seem more like the elder carib indians were actually trying to bury our culture… so by burying vaval.. their spirits would rid dominica of the carnival spirit celebrated by slaves… hhhmmmmmm

    • REALLY?
      February 24, 2012

      THEY were here first!!! REMEMBER????

      • Just Saying
        February 25, 2012

        Do you know how carival came about? Liberation of black slaves, they were so happy, they took to the streets with their pots and spoons,and sticks or what ever they could find dressed in their rags to celebrate their freedom. Just a reminder.

  20. AdultED
    February 23, 2012

    These are wonderful pictures. This ceremony should be given more promotion and should be considered a significant part of the Carnival as it’s unique to Dominica and is a good attraction for visitors. It is not about reassigning the date for carnival but rather about good planning and promotion. Dominica’s carnival is unique and should remain as such.

    • REALLY?
      February 24, 2012

      THEY were here first!!! REMEMBER????

      • REALLY?
        February 24, 2012

        I’m sorry… this was meant for the post above yours.

  21. cherrose "zicack" wa
    February 23, 2012

    Dominica is so rich with culture..i am proud to be DOMINICAN….I LOVE MY COUNTRY

    • Anonymous
      February 24, 2012

      YES!!! :lol:

  22. la verite.
    February 23, 2012

    i love that. kalinago country,gwada,french guyana and madinina on the same vaval level.good.now if they change the carnival date,there will be no vaval,no ash wednesday??trinidad, bresil, gwada and madinina will boost up.europeans love comming down here for some sun at this winter season.

  23. Anonymous
    February 23, 2012

    it is me or that just looking like some kind of voodoo worship

    • Anonymous
      February 24, 2012

      Remember just because our ancestors where not christians doesn’t mean they were devil worshippers. It was a religion forced unto them by Europeans. To me it looks like a mix of carib, african and european culture and religion. Maybe Marpin or Sat with the assistance of Lennox Honychurch can to a program that can educate us on these traditions – their meanings and how the came about. It’s amazing how little we were taught at school about Dominican history and culture.

    • Anonymous
      February 24, 2012

      no it’s not just you, i thought the same thing when i saw it

  24. ROSEAU!
    February 23, 2012

    I hope its not only vaval Yo tewey but they also bury the rum,the drugs, sewo,the skimpy butt hanging out fit,the end of crime as we know it. We had our fair share now lets give God his in this period of Lent lets serve God willingly or else we perish. Take heed my people.

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