Ettu Essay

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History of Ettu The word 'Ettu' also spelt 'Etu' is believed to come from the word 'Edo', which denotes the name of a tribe of people from West Africa. The Ettu dance is associated with the parish of Hanover. The Hanover Ettu group exhibits strong African Yoruba retentions in language, food, and dance. The Yoruba group is an ancestry group, found on the Western side of the island. They are said to hold a strong cultural resemblance to the 'Nago' Folks of Westmoreland. Ettu performances may take place at events such as dinner feasts, weddings, or death ritual events. Ettu Dance Movement and Settings Musical instruments that are used in the Ettu dance and consist of: * A drum played between the knees * A large kerosene tin - the tin has grated sides which were usually scraped very quickly. The rhythm of the Ettu dance is quick and similar to the Haitian folk dance, called 'Mais". The movement, too, was similar to that of the Tambu, and the dance was also first seen to the wider public at the 1966 Festival Competition. The Ettu dance also has what is known as 'Shawling'. Shawling is a ritual which involves throwing of shawls or scarves around the neck of another dancer as a sign of appreciation. This significant task is an integral part of Ettu traditional dances. - See more at: Quadrille Quadrille originated from the popular dance of the French and English in the 18th and 19thcenturies. It highlighted the elegance and mannerisms of the elite of these societies. It is however believed that Quadrille began in France as it was the leading country in cultural development, especially in the dances of the period. Quadrille is performed in four distant movements called figures, A fifth or “brawta” figue was later added to the dance – the Mento. The Square and Long Way Set formulation of Quadrille was

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