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Anansi and Bru Tekoma - Dutch Creole

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Published on Jun 5, 2009

Narrator Dr. R. Sabino (former student of UVI Professor Gilbert Sprauve)

Dr. R. Sabino, a Linguist at Auburn University, translated the story. She used to live in St. Thomas where she learned to speak Virgin Islands Dutch Creole from the very last speaker of the language. What a wonderful gift her teacher gave her.

The Virgin Islands Dutch Creole folktale called Anansi, Tekoma, and the Cows Belly was collected by a Dutch anthropologist, J. P. B. de Josselin de Jong, who visited the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1923. De Josselin de Jong does not say who told him this story. However, we do know that all of the people who told him stories lived on St. Thomas and St. John and that they spoke both Dutch Creole and American Virgin Islands English.

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