VIDEO: Isleño Décimas / Boat Building

The Isleño culture of Louisiana came from the Canary Islands. This clip presents two of their traditions décimas, a traditional improvised ten line sung poetry, and boat building. This interesting culture sings of their immigration from the Canary Islands in their remarkable decimas. In the video there are several people who speak about the tradition of the décimas and the construction of an Isleño boat. To learn more about the the Isleños, read The Evolution of the Isleño Identity.

Taken from Mosquitoes and High Water (El Mosco y el Agua Alta)
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Produced and Directed by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker
Time: 3:38
Filmed in 1983 in St. Bernard


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