Walk Good is hosted by Afro-Caribbean storyteller, and founder of Talkin' Tales, Kesha Christie. We are preserving the oral tradition of storytelling by edutaining audiences with stories passed down from generation to generation.
Compere Lapin - Creole Folktales - St. Martinique
Martinique is located southwest of Cuba and North of Trinidad and Tobago.
Culture is a mix of French and Caribbean influences. Language spoken is French and creole which has elements of English, Spanish, Portuguese and African Languages.
National Dish is Grilled Snapper with Creole sauce.
Martinique is know for is beaches, mountain tropical gardens and fascinating history.
Fun facts about Martinique
1. Did you know that Martinique is the 3rd biggest island of the lesser Antilles behind Trinidad and Guadeloupe?
2. Black Sand - Many of the beaches have black sands
3. Natural Park - 32 of the 34 towns are considered a Natural Park
4. Original Forest: Mangrove - Mangrove represents 6% of the island's forest area. Called the Forest with is roots in the water.
Stories retold in this Episode:
1. Sweet Sweet Potato
2. Give me more sense.
Join us next wee as our stories form from Saint Berthelemy
Gather your family and friends learn something new reminisce about the ol' days and most of all Walk Good!
Be Safe and well
Creole Folktales - Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is located north of Dominica and southeast of Puerto Rico.
The culture on the island is French African and Indian and the language spoken is French & Creole.
Guadeloupe is know for its beaches, scenery and of course island rum. The national disk is call Porc Columbo, its seasoned pork stewed - Caribbean & co.
Fun facts about the island:
1. Guadeloupe looks like a butterfly
2. It's home to an active volcano
3. two seasons Jan-Jun "Lent" and July - Dec "Winter"
4. Guadeloupe is considered a part of France on if 5 overseas territories
5. Original was Karukera as named by the indigenous people
Story retold in this episode:
Compere Lapin & The Whale
Join us next week as our stories come from Martinque
Gather your family and friends learn something new, reminisce about he ol' days and most of all walk good.
Be safe and well
A Tale of Two Nations - St. Maarten Folktales
St Martin/Sint Maarten is location in the northeast Caribbean sea east of Puerto Rico
The culture is a blend of African, French, British and Dutch. Languages spoken on this small island is English, French, Dutch and other languages commonly spoken include Spanish, Papimento and French Creoles.
What is the national dish for an island split between two nations? Callaloo Soup it's a thick green soup made with greens, pork cubes, hot pepper, okra, black pepper, thyme and chicken.
French St. Martin is know for is nude beaches, clothes and shopping including outdoor markets
Dutch Sint Maarten is know for is festive night life, beaches, jewelry & casinos
Fun Facts - stmaartenvisitor.com
1. Smallest island in the world divided between two countries French & Kingdom of the Netherlands - Princess Julicana
2. 37 is lucky number - 37 square miles of tropical paradise and 37 beaches
3. island with a famous airport - Princess Julianna Airport and Maho Beach - Sunbathers can experience jets flying a few hundred feet overhead.
Stories retold in this episode:
1. why Fowl catch Cockroach
2. Bro Pigeon and Mountain Dove race for the king's daughter
Join us next week as our stories come from Guadeloupe.
Gather your family and friends learn something new, reminisce about the old days and most of all Walk Good!
Be safe and well!
Crucian Chant - Folktales from St. Croix
St. Croix is the largest of the virgin islands and the culture is a mixture of Native Carib & Taino, African, European & American.
The people are know are Crucians and the language spoken is English, previously Danish and Spanish is widely spoken.
National Dish Pot Fish and Fungi it's fried fish cornmeal (similar to Coo coo in Barbados) served with steam veggies
Fun facts about St. Croix - www.thevirginislands.com
1. Home to the oldest Baobab tree in the Caribbean - this tree is native to South African
2. St. Croix's Nickname is Twin City
3. St. Croix has the largest Agricultural Fair in the Caribbean. Agrifest is a 3 day festival showcasing locally grown produce, sties, dance and more. Takes place in February
Stories Retold in this Episode:
1. Anansi & Firefly
2. The Dumpling tree
The wheels bends and the story end
Join us next week, our stories come from Saint Martin
Learn something new, reminisce about the ol' days and most of all Walk Good.
Be safe and Well
In this episode we share stories and culture from the Cayman Islands.
Cayman Islands is located south of Cuba and northeast of Honduras between Jamaica and Mexico. It is made up of 3 islands Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
Culture is a mix of mainly European, British, African and Jamaican.
The Languages spoken are English, Spanish, Brogue (Welsh , Scottish & English ancestors), Jamaican patios .
Cayman Islands know as a tax haven
National Dish - Turtle meat
1 The islands are not islands
They are a part of a mountain called the Cayman Ridge rises 7,500M at is highest point above the sea
2. Rare species
Some of the rarest species in the world are found in the Cayman Islands. Flora and Fauna, Blue Iguana, etc.
3. Underwater fairy dust
You can experience underwater fairy dust - secret lagoon in Grand Cayman on of the few places in the world that have the phenomenon of bioluminescence can be found. Best describe as underwater fairy dust made by a single cell organism reacting with water resulting in green and blue light
4. Culinary Capital of the Caribbean
Over 200 Restaurants on Grand Cayman
GIMISTORY International Storytelling Festival (since 1999) - https://www.artscayman.org/gimistory/
"Storytelling is as old as mankind and is considered to be one of the most ancient arts. Storytelling celebrates the art of communication, of talking and listening, and of conveying information, whether lighthearted or profound. In Gimistory, professional storytellers come from all over the world telling stories that illuminate their heritage, stories that explore myths and legends, stories that provide laughter, drama and wonderment. Their stories engage audiences and stimulate the imagination." - https://www.artscayman.org/gimistory/
The Stories Retold in this Episode
1. the Fox and the Crane (Aesop Fable)
2. Anancy & Commonsense (Auntie V)
Join us next wee as we share stores form St. Croix.
Be safe and Well.
Learn something new, reminisce about the ol' days and most of all walk good!
Latin Folktales - Dominican Republic Independence
The Dominican Republic Celebrates their independence on February 27th.
In this episode we celebrate.
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern 2 thirds of Hispaniola the second largest island of the greater Antilles. It's culture is a mix of European, African and Taino. The languages spoken are Spanish the official language as well as creole English, Haitian creole and Samana English.
In the Caribbean food connects us, let's talk about the Dominican Republic's National Dish. It is called La Bandera it is white rice and beans like (tin beans in sauce) and chicken served with avocado.
Fun Facts about the Dominican Republic:
1. Santo Domingo - the capital is the oldest city in the Americans It is the oldest European settlement
2. Defy Gravity in Barahona! - In southern western part of the DR town called Polo. You can challenge gravity at the magnetic pole (El Polo Magnetico). If you stop your card and put it in natural downhill the car will roll uphill.
3. Unique, Precious stones - Amber & Larimer can not be found anywhere else in the world
4. The highest peak in the Caribbean Pic Duarte - DR has the lowest elevation in the Caribbean it is also home to the highest elevation in the region 3,087 meters altitude.
The stories retold in this episode:
1. How the clever Doctor Tricked Death
2. The Legend of the Colourful Bat
Join us next week as our stories come from the Cayman Islands.
Be Safe and Well
As we always say, learn something new, reminisce about the ol' days and most of all walk good.