Junkanoo Lingo

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Sat Dec 29 15:15:44 UTC 2001

   I have a few internet minutes.  From JUNAKANOO MAGAZINE, December 2001, pg. 20, col. 2:


TO RUSH--(We rushin´) Participating actively in Junkanoo as part of an organized or unorganized costumed group; dancing, shaking the cast iron cowbells or blowing the cow´s horn, the whistle or the bugle or beating the goat or sheep skin drums by hand, creating the pulsating rhythm of Junkanoo.

TO RUSH SCRAP--Participating in the Junkanoo parade without being part of a specific group, theme or organization, with no particular costume or music assignment.

SCRAP GANG--An unorganized group of Junkanoo'ers who come to the parade with no particular costume design, music or organization.

GET IN LINE--Forming lines to begin the Junkanoo parade.  The linesman´s duty is to make certain that all Junkanoo'ers are in line and remain in formation throughout the parade.

KALIK--The sound of the shaking of the cowbells, and the word that the Junkanoo'ers repeat as they mock the sound of the bells.  Also, the name of the popular Bahamian beer, named after the sound of the Junkanoo cowbells.

DOONGALIK--The sound of the beating of the drums and the word that the Junkanoo'ers repeat as they mock the sound of the drums.  Also, the name of the Junkanoo art studio known for its production of Junkanoo art.

FIRST LAP--Each group's first completion of the entire circular Junkanoo route.

LAST LAP--Each group's final completion of the entire circular Junkanoo route.

HEATING THE DRUM--Heating of the drums over an open fire to produce the proper Junkanoo sound.  The open end of the drum is placed over the fire at a safe distance to allow the skin on the other end to be resilient and stretched until the proper tone is achieved.  This process is repeated before the beginning of every lap.

THE SHACK--This is the place where Junkanoo artists and artisans meet to design, layout, paste up and produce Junkanoo costumes and artwork.  It is also the official headquarters where members of the various group meet to discuss and plan strategies for Junkanoo.  In some cases, there is more than one "shack" to accommodate the designs and costumes wherever space is available.

THEY COMIN'--The Junkanoo group is coming down the parade route from around the bend and entertaining the main thoroughfare.

  Forget "Firemen."  It's "Moors and Christians" everywhere for "rice and beans."  Is OED going to add this?
  A Bahamas magazine containing food items has Conch Salad, Conch Chowder, Cracked Conch, Peas 'n' Rice, Conch Fritters, and Grouper Fingers.
  Off to the National Library of Cuba.

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