GIS: The Observance Culminated with the Hosting of Jounen Kwéyòl Over the Weekend.
The Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC), in collaboration with other cultural institutions successfully hosted the 32nd Jounen Kwéyòl celebration over the weekend.
Creole Heritage Month is the FRC’s premiere event that culminates with the hosting of Jounen Kwéyòl. The FRC’s Executive Director, Hilary La Force, lauded the private sector for its significant contribution toward the staging of the event over the past three decades.
Jounen Kwéyòl began with the 1984 observance of Oct. 28 as International Creole Day. At its inception the event was held in one community, but over the years expanded, and is now held in four communities annually.
The host communities in 2017 were Vieux-Fort, La Ressource (Dennery), Babonneau, and Marigot.
“This year we followed the same trend as in previous years. Babonneau is noted for dance, as well as the cooking of meats; La-Ressource, Dennery is noted for its variety of food and the making of farine, they are basically an agriculture area; in Marigot there is music and tourism; and in Vieux-Fort there was a wide range of activities.
“Persons sometimes ask why we concentrate on host communities instead of letting everybody do their own thing. But we’re concerned that if we allow that to happen, our main objective of teaching people about the culture would be lost, and that is very important.”
Mr. La Force said there seems to be a growing appreciation for the cultural celebration by schools and business places especially on Vandwedi Kwéyòl, which is the Friday preceding Jounen Kwéyòl, which is particularly encouraging.