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Apr 8, 2008

… As well as old time games

Story PictureThe other Kriol Council project is the publication of a book and accompanying CD entitled, “Traditional Games of Belize Volume One”. It is a compilation of Kriol games and its purpose is to revitalise that type of entertainment among the younger generation. Myrna Manzanares says the project was born from numerous requests by older folks to reintroduce the culture to children.

Myrna Manzanares, President, Belize Kriol Council
“You know when yoh use to be small and yoh deh outside deh games da night under di moonlight or dah Belize City eena di neighbourhood everybody comes together and play these games. Games like Bruk Macachista, you know dat? Why Miss Lady outta ring, yoh noh? Bruk Macachista, Outside Jewbell, Landan Bridge, we use to play marble, so it’s thirteen of those games that have been organised in terms of the game, the skill that you can learn from that game, how teachers can use it for whatever skills, the area that you can play it in, how many people can play, that sort of thing.”

“Today we don’t see children playing games together as groups, they don’t do that type of things—cultural games—and those games are traditional games in Belize and they are used by many of the different cultures, even though some of them might be of Kriol origin or what have you.”

Marion Ali
“We play scrabble now.”

Myrna Manzanares
“I’m telling you, so dat dah di fun thing about di book because yoh have di games, di pictures.”

The CD introduces the tunes that go with the games. The book and CD packages are available for twenty dollars at the Bible Society Book Store. They will also be sold at a discount at Saturday night’s concert.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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