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They would then taunt each other as a form of entertainment for the onlookers before the duel begins The mirrors indicate an awareness of the world around us.
Men, women and children would sing or dance to be entertained by the stickfighters who would perform to the rhythm of drums.
The wooden sticks used were from the yellow poui tree, and were about three and a half to four feet long, and one inch in diameter.
Although it is said that the French brought carnival to Trinidad, many of the slaves traced some of the festivities back to their country of origin.
Kalenda songs were a form of expression of anger or violence, an ease of tension from slavery, warlike, chantlike and often rebellious.
When the drumming starts one fighter would throw his stick into the ring and the rival would accept the challenge by jumping in and waving his stick.