Cultural Division releases video on Creole Head Tying

As part of DOMFESTA Celebrations 2017, the Division of Culture has released its latest video, Creole Head Tying, a mini-documentary on the art of creole head tying. In the video, Delia Cuffy Weekes demonstrates how to make various types of head ties.

Creole head ties featured in the video include Tèt Anlè, Tèt Kalandé, Tèt Kasé, Tèt Chouponm, Tèt Papiyòt and Kòd Mawé Yanm.

The video can be viewed on social media such as You Tube and Facebook and on local television channels.

It is expected that the Creole Head Tying video will motivate more persons to learn the art of creole head tying.

The Cultural Division normally offers a creole head tying course every year during July and August as part of its Summer Arts programme.

Creole Head Tying is the latest in a series of videos produced by the Cultural Division on various aspects of Dominican culture. These include Screw Pine, Ti Bwa and Sennsé Domnik.

A video on cassava tradition in the Kalinago Territory will be released shortly. In this way, the Division is seeking to make cultural information more readily available to wider audiences especially the young, using the latest information and communication technologies. It also seeks to ensure that cultural traditions which are at risk of disappearing are documented for the benefit of future generations. These initiatives form part of the research and documentation programme of the Division.

The Cultural Division is also releasing a new Culture in Action video series during the DOMFESTA season. Featured in this new series are Emancipation Concert 2016 in Grand Bay, Independence Celebrations 2016, Ole Mas Festival 2017 in Portsmouth and National School Arts Festival 2017.

The Culture in Action video series focuses on activities and events of the Cultural Division. These videos can be viewed on local television and social media channels.

See video below.

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13 Comments

  1. Very informative & beautiful video. I am a first generation Dominican living in America. My mother and the rest of my family grew up in Dominica and I was raised here in America so it is great to learn more about my culture that I love so much! I’d love to see more videos or posts like this that preserves culture and passes it on to the next generation.

  2. Lydia Indira
    May 20, 2017

    Thank you sharing. Great initiative. Always wanted to know how to make a Dominican head wrap. Love from Guyana.

  3. an
    May 18, 2017

    you wouldnt believe how i searched for something like this during oct/nov.

    is the size of cloth used standard? if so what measurement or how do you know how much cloth to cut?

  4. IV CALL
    May 17, 2017

    It’s your “culture” so ware in every day; or as often as possible. You can always tell a Moslim by their cultural attire. You want to teach me about culture? Please!!!!! You “Africo” has a long way to go.

  5. Dominica
    May 17, 2017

    Thanks Delia. Your introduction alone enticed me to listen. I love the cord maway yam!! And the tete Case.

  6. IV CALL
    May 16, 2017

    Does this remind me of the time of slavery?

    • Africo
      May 17, 2017

      If you understood your heritage IV CALL you would realise that the wearing of elaborate head ties originated in Africa long before Caribbean slavery. By wearing headties and scraping together the money to buy colourful cloth, women were proudly declaring their identity in the face of an oppressive system.

      What would you prefer? That they wore European style hats instead? This kind of crass uninformed ignorance by people like IV CALL really irritates me.

      • Mwen Sav
        May 17, 2017

        I know. Like those ridiculous hats the women wear to Paliament

      • IV CALL
        May 17, 2017

        People like “Africo” is still scrambling to find their identity. I see no sense in one trying to declare their identity. We had the BLACK POWER era; where did that get us? Answer that!

    • marie-claire R Skerrit
      May 17, 2017

      You live in slavery IV CALL. you’re such a low level sick person. No respect for culture. Please remove yourself in that order. Dirty Crate..

      Anyways this was a great depiction of our culture. Thanks for putting this together.

      • IV CALL
        May 17, 2017

        WOW!!!!! “SKERRIT?” They are all jokers. :twisted:

  7. #Dominica
    May 16, 2017

    Lovely

  8. A. George
    May 16, 2017

    Great initiative

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