A Journey Through Time: The History of Junkanoo in G.B.

JUNKANOO IN GRAND BAHAMA

LIAM MASON

BRIEF HISTORY

THE JUNKANOO FESTIVAL IS THOUGHT TO BE THE BRAINCHILD OF AFRICAN SLAVE JOHN CANOE. THIS FESTIVAL OF COLOR AND CULTURE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN OF AFRICAN ORIGIN IN WHICH THOUSANDS OF BAHAMIANS TODAY STILL PARTICIPATE IN

BENEFITS

THE JUNKNAOO FESTIVAL ON GRAND BAHAMA BRINGS IN THOUSANDS OF TOURIST EACH YEAR. THIS ALLOWS FOR AN INCREASE IN REVENUE TO BE PUMPED INTO THE GRAND BAHAMIAN ECONOMY. THIS FESTIVAL IS SO POPULAR THAT THERE ARE JUNKANOO FESTIVITES HELD THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

DRAWBACKS

JUNKANOO HAS BECOME A MODERNIZED FESTIVAL.THROUGH ITS MODERNITY IT HAS JUST BECOME ANOTHER SOCIAL GATHERING FOR TEENAGERS WHO HAVE NO REAL INTEREST IN THE FESTIVAL. ADDITIONALLY THE CONCEPT OF JUNKANOO AS A FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM HAS TURNED INTO A MONETARY COMPETITION THUS ALLOWING GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TO FORGET ITS TRUE MEANING

A CELEBRATION FOR THE AGES

JUNKANOO WAS INTRODUCED IN GRAND BAHAMA IN THE EARLY 1970’S IN SETTLEMENT OF WEST END. THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS FESTIVAL WAS DONE BY OSCAR POTER AND AUSTIN GRANT.

TODAY, ON THE ISLAND OF GRAND BAHAMA JUNKANOO IS HELD ON BOXING DAY AND NEW YEARS DAY. ADDITIONALLY, TO INVOLVE OUR NATION’S YOUTH AND EDUCATE THEM ABOUT THE FESTIVALS ORIGIN OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR A JUNIOR JUNKANOO FESTIVAL IS HELD. THIS ALLOWS ALL SCHOOLS ON THE ISLAND TO PARTICIPATE AND COMPETE FOR A HIGHLY COVETED TROPHY  WHILE ALSO IMMERSING THEMSELVES INTO THE FESTIVAL.