Jamaica - $40 - Christmas 2002 - Gaston Tabois
Jamaica - $40 - Christmas 2002 - Gaston Tabois - John Canoe in Guanaboa Vale (detail) - 1962. Jonkunoo (also referred to as John Canoe, Jonkanoo, and John Connu) was an important highlight of Christmas past. It can be traced back to the "free" time given to slaves during the holidays, and the tradition of Jonkunoo masquerades occurred between Christmas and New Year as slaves celebrated with dances and festivals. It is a masquerade festival/parade from Jamaica, believed to be of West African origin. It is traditionally performed through the streets during the Christmas period, and involves participants dressed in a variety of fanciful costumes, such as the Cow Head, the Hobby Horse, the Wild Indian, and the Devil (Satan). The parade is accompanied by a band consisting of fife, drums, and a coconut grater used as a scraper, and jonkanoo songs are also sung.
Picture added on 21 August 2009 at 15:42