The Arawaks were first to live on the island and named it "Svalugia" or "The land of salt". Since those times, the name changed, and the island changed hands often times: in their battle over the West Indies, French, English, Dutch, Danish, Spanish and Portugues "Conquistadores"
There are no photographs and, of course, no films to show us what Carnival was like 140 years ago. Written descriptions from our local newspapers are the main sources used by Carnival scholars to get a sense of the festival, along with oral history interviews conducted in the past.
With a high-degree of cultural consciousness, one is tempted to feel that the day of Bangla calypso may not be a distant dream. Calypso is being celebrated in October as History Month in the twin Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Celebrations showcase why this indigenous folk music means so much to the region.
David Bowen, Director of Culture for the TCI Cultural & Arts Commission provides valuable insight about the Masquerade tradition in Turks & Caicos.