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Pissarro: St. Thomas’ impressionist master

July 10, 2012

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Today is the birthday of the impressionist master Camille Pissarro, who was born and spent his childhood on St. Thomas, then part of the Danish West Indies. The son of a Sephardic Jewish father and Dominican mother, Pissarro went to Paris at age 12 to attend school. There, his advisor told him to “take advantage of his […]

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10 Virgin Islands reads

April 8, 2012

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I love to read and I love the Virgin Islands. Here are 10 of my favorite Virgin Islands books. The Night of the Silent Drums John L. Anderson Rome: Mapes Monde, 1992 The Night of the Silent Drums is the story of the 1733 slave rebellion on St. John, told through the eyes of a […]

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Fungi, Quelbe, Scratch – the VI’s old-time music

November 16, 2011

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This weekend, Nov. 18-19, is the fifth annual Fungi Fest in the BVI. I am a bone fide fungi fiend; I love the sweet, sassy, and infectious sound of this unique island music. In honor of the upcoming event I am sharing the following from Moon Virgin Islands. “The traditional music form of the Virgin […]

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The Way We Were: BVI culture in days gone by

October 13, 2011

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Fritz Henle photograph

Who has not entertained a fantasy of quitting your job and living the simple life on a quiet tropical island? Living in a house you built by hand, surviving off the bounty of sea and land, warmed by the love of your family. If you’d like to ponder this particular dream a bit longer, pick […]

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Mokolution: The Evolution of the Moko Jumbie

September 18, 2011

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Mocko Jumbie masks

Mocko jumbies are the colorful stilt-walkers who perform at parades and festivals throughout the Virgin Islands. Attend any of the islands’ annual carnival parades and you will see them, jumping, balancing and stepping out to the sounds of up-beat soca music. Mocko jumbies have an equally colorful history, as I learned watching Mokolution: The Evolution […]

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