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Odissi Indian Classical Dance
The ancient Indian classical dance entitled the Orissi Classical Dance being performed during the Nrityanjali Theatre's ballet in 2007
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NALIS calendar February 2007
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." -"Of Studies". Essays II. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Jack Spaniard
"The Gongora quinquinervis could astound any observer. It is locally called Jack Spaniard because it calls the fierce wasp to mind. This orchid is not seasonal, but blossoms erratically, being pollinated by bees, descending into one flower after another. Its blooms come in true purple or pale cream and many variations of hue in between."
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Epidendrum ibaguense
"...Epidendrum ibaguense is a dweller in the forest canopy and flowers in the wet season. Seven (7) to ten (10) rather showy flowers grow on an elongate panicle (branch from the stem)."
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Native orchids front cover
The front cover of the Nalis calendar entitled Native Orchids Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean features a special dedication to the late Professor Julian Kenny (1930-2011).
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NALIS calendar March 2007
"The reflections and histories of men and women throughout the world are contained in books..." -Terence COOKE (1921-1983)
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Boy Days
Boys will be boys as they play games like boxcarts, rolling bicycle rims and patched tyres.
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Cedros Bee Orchid
"...The uncommon Oncidium lanceanum is also called Cedros Bee Orchid, because locally it is identidied with the southwestern peninsula. Its popularity with collectors could lead to the extinction of the species."
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Barfi
Indentured labourers settled in Trinidad and made their sweets such as barfi, khurma, jellaby and sawine.
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NALIS 2007 calendar front cover
The book is opened to reveal a diverse group of patrons participating in various NALIS activities.
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The Buck
The Buck is a little man used to perform evil deeds. He must be fed at fixed times and is usually kept in a bottle. Once he gets out, he will attack anyone if he isn't fed on time.
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Piqué
Members of the Northwest Laventille Cultural Movement performing the Piqué, a companion dance to the Belé during the Prime Minister's Best Village Competition, 2010
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Mama D'leau
Mama D'leau also called Mother of the River is a beautiful woman with long golden hair. She sits on a rock by the river's edge and is the protector and healer of all river animals.
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NALIS folklore calendar back cover
The back cover of the calendar is red in colour and displays the Nalis logo and a listing of the public service points of the national library.
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Dance yuh dance NALIS calendar front cover
The front cover of the Nalis calendar entitled Dance yuh Dance 2011 features a dedication to the late Beryl McBurnie (1915-2000), the Queen of dance in Trinidad and Tobago
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Coo Coo and Callaloo
A well loved staple of the Caribbean diet, coo coo and callaloo is a dish of African origin. Corn meal, dasheen leaves and peppers are key ingredients.
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Dance yuh dance NALIS calendar back cover
The back cover of the calendar features a bibliography, special thanks and a listing of the NALIS public service points throughout the country
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NALIS calendar December 2007
"A good library is a place, a palace where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet." -Samuel NIGER (1883-1956)
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Limbo
The Limbo being performed on stage by members of the Picton Folk Performing Company during the Prime Minister's Best Village Competition, 2010
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Flavours of our heritage back cover
The back cover of the calendar is pale yellow in colour and displays the Nalis logo, information sources and a listing of the public service points of the national library.
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Mama Malade
Mama Malade died in childbirth and her spirit searches the night for persons to take with her to the other side. The sound of a child crying in the still of the night is her cry.
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Maxillaria ringens
Enjoying uninterrupted growth is Maxillaria ringens, which is the older, Venezuelan name for the orchid originally known in Trinidad and Tobago as Maxillaria trinitaris. It commonly springs forth during the dry season at elevated altitudes in the Northern Range.
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NALIS calendar May 2007
"Two forces are successfully influencing the education of a cultivated man: art and science. Both are untitled in the book." -Maksim GORKY (1868-1936)
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Pogonia rosea
"...Pogonia rosea is a ground dweller, or terrestrial, favouring open savannah or shrub patches. There is uncanny bluish blush to its leaves and stem, while its flamboyant flowers appear during the wet season."
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Sailor Dance
Fancy sailors in a carnival band dancing the Sailor Dance on the savannah stage
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NALIS calendar November 2007
"No possession can surpass, or even equal a good library, to the lover of books. Here are treasured up for his daily use and delectation, riches which increase by being consumed and pleasures that never cloy." -John Alfred LANDLORD (1823-1903)
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Pitch
Two boys pitch marbles in the yard. To play pitch you draw a circle and put marbles in it. You use your fingers to pitch marbles out of the ring. The player with the most marbles at the end wins.
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Papa Bois
Papa Bois appears as part man, part donkey. He is covered with hair from head to chest and can run faster than a deer. He lives in the forest and protects the birds and beasts of the forest.
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NALIS 2007 calendar back cover
The back cover of this calendar displays the NALIS logo.
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Dingolay
Lord Kitchener performing the Dingolay for an enthusiastic audience
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Lion Dance
The Lion Dance being performed at Carnival though it originated as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations
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Lamb's Tail Orchid
"...Epidendrum coronatum, a common inhabitant of cocoa plantations, flowering in the dry season. It's pendulous growth shape and clusters of white flowers inspired its local sobriquet: Lamb's Tail Orchid."
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NALIS folklore calendar front cover
The front cover of the calendar sets the tone with the spooky illustrations that represent folklore in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Tobago Treats
Traditional sweets of Tobago are made of the ingredients displayed, namely coconut, mangoes and tamarind. Benne sweets, paw paw balls, toolum sweet mango preserves are usual Tobago treats.
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NALIS calendar October 2007
"The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species..."
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Crab and Dumplings
Crab was known as the poor man's chicken and dumplings evolved from an array of cultures. Together they make a spicy dish we all love today.
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Sugar Cake
The coconuts and brown sugar at the base of a coconut tree are symbolic of the key ingredients of sugar cake. This sugar-based dessert consists of grated coconut, crystallized sugar syrup and spices mixed to create a tempting treat
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NALIS calendar January 2007
"To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one." -Anonymous (Chinese Saying)
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Jockey
Children playing at the water's edge urging their 'jockeys' along the racing path.
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Games we used to play front cover
Children run on the playground as they play a game of schooch.
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Native orchids back cover
The back cover of the Native Orchids calendar features an acknowledge list, a bibliography and a listing of all the NALIS public service points throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
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Moral
Three girls play a game of Moral. This game consists of drawing a grid of eight squares on the ground and numbering them. Each player tries to complete the grid count by rolling and bouncing the ball without stepping on the lines.
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Bake and Shark
A picture of the beach and a pot with food being deep fried in hot sizzling oil. Bake and shark is the popular beach food in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Kathak Classical Dance
Sat Balkaransingh and Kathak dancers perform the Kathak classical dance in 2008 during a Queen's Hall production, "Hamare Taal"
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Hide and Seek
Children scampering off to hiding places as "IT" hides his/her face and counts. This game can be played indoors or outdoors.
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Bifrenaria aurantiaca
"Bifrenaria aurantiaca, an epiphyte of moderately large size is rare, thus, a particular favourite of hobbyists. Its inflourescence (complete flowerhead of a plant, including flowers, bracts, stalks and stems) features a long raceme and has bright multi-coloured flowers."
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Roti
Roti is a popular food of East Indian origin in Trinidad and Tobago. In Caribbean cuisine it is a dish of curried or stewed ingredients wrapped in a 'roti skin'.
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Aripo orchid
"Commonly known as the Aripo orchid, the Otostylis brachystalix produces during the months of March to June an upright inflorescence of white flowers with a central splash of yellow. It can be found in marshy wet tropical savannahs, experiencing extreme changes in moisture levels from wet to dry season. The grass-like leaves stand upright to 60 cm in height."
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Hopscotch
A group of friends play the popular children's game of hopscotch. Boxes are drawn on the ground and players try to hop on the grid without stepping on the lines and/or losing balance.
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NALIS calendar April 2007
"My lifelong love affair with books and reading continues unaffected by automation, computers, and all other forms of the twentieth-century gadgetry." -Books in My Life Robert DOWNS (1903- )
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Games we used to play back cover
The back cover of the calendar is green in colour and displays the Nalis logo and a listing of the public service points of the national library.
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NALIS calendar September 2007
"A great public library, in its catalogue and its physical disposition of its book on shelves, is the monument of literary genres." -Cited in "World Literature Today" Spring 1982, p.231 Robert MELANCON (1947- )
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Soucouyant
The fiery apparition of a Soucouyant is that of a woman who sheds her skin, changes into a ball of fire and sucks the blood of her victims while they sleep. To catch her - sprinkle salt in her skin so that she cannot put it on again or sprinkle rice/salt around her bed. She must pick up every single grain before daylight or die.
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Parang
Male and female paranderos singing and dancing on the streets during Parang festivities
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Doubles
The Trinidad and Tobago doubles has its origins with the East Indian Indentured Labourers. It has evolved into a local street food consisting of two 'barras' (small East Indian fried bread), channa and chutney.
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NALIS calendar August 2007
"Let books be your dining table, and you shall be full of delights, let them be your mattress and you shall sleep restful nights." -"Ethicon" Bar Hebraues
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Spinnin Top
Young boys having fun while spinnin top. The tops could be home made or store bought, either way they provided lots of fun.
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Ballet
The Ballet is illustrated in the photograph by Caroline Potter of the Cascade Ballet performing a ‘grande jette’
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Phantome
The Phantome emits an eerie spell as he straddles the roads with his extremely long legs. Unsuspecting victims are squeezed to death when he suddenly snaps his legs shut.
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Brown Girl In The Ring
Boys and girls holding hands to form a ring. The person in the middle skips to the song Brown girl in the ring tra la la la la. At 'show me your motion' the person does his or her favourite dance. At 'show me your partner' he or she picks a friend to be in the middle.
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Pastelle
Cornmeal, green banana leaves, heavily spiced meat fillings and a press are essential for the creation of pastelles usually around Christmas.
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Oncidium haematochilum
"Oncidium haematochilum is a rare hybrid which occurred naturally out of Oncidium lanceanum and was awarded its own status. However, the two can be crossed easily to give rise to an exciting diversity of blooms. Hybrids of this orchid grow along the southwestern peninsula."
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NALIS calendar June 2007
"It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle." -Sutton Elbert GRIGGS (1872-1930)
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Jumbies
Evil spirits that are invisible and roam day and night creating mischief and doing evil deeds are known as Jumbies.
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Douens
Douens cry "Hoop, Hoop" on moonlit nights as they tempt children to leave their homes and enter the forest. They are the spirits of children who died before being baptized. They never grow tall, their feet are turned backwards, they have no faces and they are sexless.
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Kite Flying
Youngsters enjoying the excitement of kite flying. This is usually done in any open space or savannah.
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Maypole
Youngsters dancing the Maypole outdoors while dressed in pretty costumes of white, red, navy and yellow
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La Diablesse
A she-devil whose poise, figure and beautiful dresses hide her cloven hoof. She lures unsuspecting young males to the Silk Cotton Tree where she kills them. The young man can make a cross with two sticks and the La Diablesse will disappear.
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NALIS calendar July 2007
"A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up children without surrounding them with books... Children learn to read being in the presence of books." -Horace MANN (1796-1859)
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Sorrel
Sorrel is an exotic fruit which is boiled with local spices to make a delightful Christmas beverage.
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Red Rover
Hands linked, a boys team and a girls team play Red Rover with each other.
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Gang Gang Sarah
Gang Gang Sarah was an African witch who ended up in Tobago searching for her family. She is remembered for her wisdom and kindness. When she tried to return to her native land, she climbed a great silk cotton tree and tried to fly, only to realize that she had lost the power of flight because she had eaten salt.
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Flavours of our heritage front cover
The front cover of the 2010 calendar depicts a combination of the vegetables and seasonings used in Caribbean cooking and represent the true flavours of our heritage.
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Jacks
Young girls sit on the floor and play jacks. Jacks can be played indoors and outdoors and both boys and girls enjoy the game.
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Coral orchid
"...The epiphytic Rodrigueza lanceolata, called sometimes Coral orchid or Coralita, grows commonly in orchards and secondary forests during the closing of the dry season and the opening of the wet. Amassed in clusters, the small deep pink or red flowers stand out beautifully against green foliage."
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Sancoche
A variety of ground provisions including green fig, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and dasheen simmered to make a rich, thick and flavourful Caribbean soup called Sancoche. Meat and vegetables are usually added.
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Lagahoo
The Lagahoo takes the form of a man who roams the night with a wooden coffin around his neck. He has no head and heavy iron chains trail from his waist. A stick anointed with holy water and holy oil for nine days is needed to kill the lagahoo.
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Pelau
The pelau is a true representation of our cuisine as it embraces a mixture of various cooking styles. Rice, pigeon peas, vegetables, carmelised meat and sometimes coconut milk make this tasty one pot dish a Caribbean treasure.
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Macradenia lutescens
"Macrademia lutescens is small and uncommon, blossoming in the dry season. It is an epiphytic species, meaning it grows on another larger plant or tree, without acting as a parasite on the host plant. Its flowers form in clusters and open simultaneously."
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Schooch
Players scattering away as the one with the ball aims. You try to avoid being hit otherwise you become "IT".
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Tobago Jig
A performance of the Tobago Jig usually done to celebrate weddings and christenings
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Ramleela Folk Dance
The First Felicity Ramleela Group performing the Ramleela folk dance in 2010
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Cattleya deckeri
"Occuring uncommonly, the Cattleya deckeri has scattered distribution and is epiphytic. These fairly large plants may reach 30 centimeters in height, with lovely flowers that appear in the dry season. It is rather uncanny, being cleiistogamous: remaining permanently closed, but with the ability to fertilise itself."
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Castle of the Devil
Bazil, the demon of death, was tricked by a carpenter to enter a house deep in the forest. The house was in the trunk of a huge Silk Cotton Tree and folklore claims he still resides there.
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