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7392: RE: 7377: RE: 7368: Help wanted (fwd)

From: Karen Davis <kdavis@marygrove.edu>

Key words: dance, revolutionary heroes

Pascal Antoine, in discussing the Haitian song "Farinen," refers to to
similarity of a Haitian dance to"The Bogle, a recently popular Jamaican
music dance."  I learned this dance step in rural eastern Jamaica (Moore
Town, a Maroon community) in the summer of 1994, from a 11-12 year-old-boy.
It includes hand gestures that suggest shooting pistols from both hands, and
is/was named after Jamaican revolutionary hero Paul Bogle, who in 1865 led a
movement (Morant Bay Rebellion) for Stony Gut community to retain autonomy
over their land. Using song and dance to remember historical events is a
crucial element of oral history, and is here especially appropriate since
Bogle's march was accompanied by drums, conch shell calls, slogans ("cleave
to the Black") and Baptist songs of liberation. (With tongue in cheek, may I
dare to add that this historical note may allay attempts to find an Arabic
cognate for "Bogle"?)

Dr. Karen F. Davis
Associate Professor and Head of Department, Humanities
Marygrove College
8425 West McNichols
Detroit, Michigan 48221, U.S.A.
Telephone: 313-927-1352
Fax: 313-927-1345
Email: kdavis@marygrove.edu

L'union fait la force

> From: Pascal Antoine <PascalA@freshcom.com>
> 'The
> Bogle', a recently popular Reggae music dance.