The culture of St. Kitts and Nevis has grown mainly out of the West African traditions of the slave population brought in during the colonial period. Here are photos of some old-time St Kitts-Nevis folklore that you may be too young to remember. Share this with your friends if you think they will remember.


David and Goliath


Mock Jumbi

One was dressed in a grass skirt with a garland around his neck and he had long black trousers covering his feet and the top of his stilts.  The others had much longer trousers (made from bright patterned material) which went almost down to the ground.  The tops were either patterned material or a T-shirt.  One had matching trousers and top and also wore a tall clown’s hat.

The Mongoose Play

Some years ago the island was infested with snakes and rats, and the mongoose was imported to exterminate them, which it did: but not satisfied with leaving well alone it next turned its attention to the poultry – a contingency for which the Kitifonians were by no means prepared. They have now come to the sorrowful conclusion that the remedy is considerably worse than the disease, and hence the play, which is evidently undertaken with the object of waging deadly war against these destructive little animals.


Cow Boy and Indians

The Cowboys wore blue denim jeans, most with white piping down the sides, neckerchiefs and cowboy hats.  Each had a waistcoat which bore the name of a cowboy character on the back; e.g.  Slim Wilson and Billy the Kid.  All except the leader carried a lasso and they had cap guns but these were not used.  The Indians wore feather head-dresses, shorts and T-shirts which had slits cut in them.  They all carried tomahawks and some carried whips which they cracked during the dancing.