Elis Juliana Digging Up Cultural Black Curaçao Gold

All honor and glory goes to a cultural super Black hero that descended on Montaberde an impoverished neighbourhood near Punda in the second decade of the 20th century, son of Mayo and Hosé surviving poverty growing up with aspirations to discover himself, his Black identity and the collective umbilical cord knotted up within Curacaoan society. From a young kid that got named Elis with one ‘l’ because moms didn’t have ducates to pay for a double ‘l’ when at birth she registered him and his twin sister at ‘Kranchi’ to tough times, no money for school, becoming a craftsman, mechanic to earning skills at Shell oil refinery, those ‘Do whatever you can to make ends meet’ movements. Meanwhile the poet in him comes out then he drops on the scene with national Black self-esteem schemes.

National Archaelogical Anthropological Memory Management (www.naam.an) home of one of the most highly valuable treasures the ‘Zinkinza’ collection: “In the fifties and sixties, for more than six years, Father Paul Brenneker and Mr. Elis Juliana collected more than 1,400 songs, pieces of music, stories and events of the people of Curaçao. The result is a collection that can be considered the soul of 20th century Curaçao.”

Anthropologist Ieteke Witteveen compared him to Aimé Césaire from Martinique and the Jamaican Rex Nettleford. Dr. Rene Rosalia ex director of Kas di Kultura gave him the title of ‘Kulturista Mayo’ a crowned investigator of Afro-Curacaoan culture, its characteristics, the customs and challenges of the Yu di Kòrsou, an emancipator who after his research and documentation dropped cultural knowledge jewels back into the heads of the common people via poetry, story telling, kids stories on the radio and television.

Besides being a self taught anthropologist, archeologist, ethno-musicologist he was a visual artist. A giant blessing up our collective memory. Parasitical sidenote is that colonial opinionators and most media subtly steer away from the fact that he repped Afro-Curacaoan culture and critical minds might wonder why he ever allowed himself to receive a royal Dutch condecoration? Circumstancial strategy of a sly anti-colonial icon registering working class life of the ordinary women and men exorcizing Dutch mental colonialism.

His works inspired visual artist, teacher and activist Ashley Mauricio fighting his one man war to re-open after 13 years a school for the artistic spirited to bless him up and once the finances come through put a brandnew Elis Juliana Academy of Arts on the spot.

More people need to study his works of light and spread it through modern day systems of communication. His immense importance cannot be watered down. Hype his legacy up in Venezuelan manners put him on McDonald Happy Meals whatever use all the Goddess given creativity to commemorate him forever.

The gratitude is infinite and humble as he was he wants us all to remain simple, enrich ourselves mentally with our cultural gold nuggets open up spiritual pathways to persons by saying ‘Didjo’ (Dia di Dios-Day of God-old custom of elders to say good day)
Now that he has risen to ancestral ‘kunuku’s’ refusing to eat up the salt like rebellious enslaved souls Ompi Elis spread his wings one day before San Juan and majestically Luango style flew back home.

Elis Juliana receiving his  Doctor Honoris Causa, June 18, 2013

Elis Juliana receiving his Doctor Honoris Causa, June 18, 2013

Rebelion di Oranjeschool: Un Plegaria di Skolnan di Bario

Klas 8

Jufrou di skol den bario ta bedei su muchanan

Abo por bai traha na Selikor
Abo Cost U Less
Abo EWT
Abo Centrum Mahaai si por drecha bo ulandes.
Abo limpiesa Martina
Abo por studia periodismo pero wak pa bo no ta muchu kritiko riba e orden establesi.

Romerschool a dunabu bon fundeshi bo ta bon na un puesto di Banko Sentral pero soru pa nunka fleksibilisa e manego bankario i nunka nunka nunka demokratisa manego bankario.
Abo no hasi ferfelu korda ku danki na skolnan mansu ku no ta kwestiona miedu habri boka nan ta kai net pafo dje boto dus bo mester ta kontentu ku bo por bira direktor di haf of aeropuerto ya bo kolo kla ta den bo bentaha mi yu no yora mami ta bin un bes pa bai bo les di golf of esei ta djaweps no awe ta kore kabai despensa.

Vigdis Mensingh college mayoria ku ta bai Radulphus podise otro anja podise e skolnan kanti kai fundashonnan por hanja un chens ku nan alumnonan tambe por sigi edukashon tiki mas haltu ya nan tambe por bira doktor, antropologo, sosiologo, kriminologo pa asina studia tur e atrakadonan dje elite riba nos oportunidatnan edukativo sosio-ekonomiko.

Skol di plaka
Skol di diabel
Skol di zumbi
Skol di kabes pali maishi
Skol di marioneta

Abo tin mag di bira un Mac Alberto kanando tur na blanku bisti skaf arte rebeldia den pali wayaka dilanti palasio gobernado.

Abo por bai Havo paso mi sa bo ke bira pintor of aktor pero di lamenta ku nan e riku sushinei a sera akademia di arte. Ta di bai Venezuela numa wak bo no choria di mas den Chavismo.

Abo por bira ama di kas den un bario margina skuchando Leutener Scanner na Krioyo keriendo ku un boter di awa bendita di Hesus por trese bo hombu bek.

Bosnan te uniko 4 di Banda Bou ku por bai Havo mi yu sperando boso yega den banki universidat pero korda ora boso studia lei no hinka den boso kabes pa bira un hurista aktivista defende bo komunidat ku leinan nobo of renoba ku ta empodera esnan ku nan a debilita semper.

Abo por bira donjo di korant pero korda eduka un krenchi i bruha kabes di hende mas tantu ku sanger, aksidente outo i otro kos kens.

Anto abo por bira miss Universe Curacao pero semper bedei ku kabei duru ta mahos i flaku te uniko forma pa logra titulo di miss.

Abo kiko bo ke bira, bo konseho ta Vsbo bera? Si jufrou pero mi ta bai Havo trankil di mi jufrou. Mi ta bai studia ekonomia sosial. Mi ke bira un ekonomista ku ta yuda pueblo hanja un potmoni gordo, diki ya asina mas yu por bai Havo ku leptop den nan man.

Jufrou di skol ta papia ku kabes di skol: Bo sa ami a kwe un fada supernatural riba e direktivanan diktorial di skol. Nan sistema di tofer ku test pasina sierto skol fundeshi so ta hanja preferensia pa Havo ta un abusu, ni dos eks prome minister ku tabata jufrou di skol nunka ta tin e kurashi pa kambia mehora e sistema di Apartheid edukashonal. Bo sa bon bon si nan tira un basora den e sistema di privilegio, e sosiedat kompletu lo bira mas balansa, mas mucha di barionan pober lo sali ku diploma universitario lo okupa funkshonnan ehekutivo ku si lo tin e pueblo aki ku ta lucha tur dia na su kurason. Un revolushon sosial mas Havo ku tin Kentucky, Burger King, MacDonald huntu. Desaster pa tur nan interesnan finansiero-ekonomiko.
Un fiernu sosial pa nan pa nos un espasio selestial sosial. Nan no ke mire sosode. Esei nan lo stroba, nan lo bringe ku rabu i kachu.

F~ck’d U

Bankster Daniel Hodge

Bankster Daniel Hodge

They 1499’d you, Alonso de Ojeda Amerigo Vespucci’d you
Johan van Walbeeck’d you.
Straight Peter Stuyvesant,
Gijs de Vries, Freek van Beetz’d you, IMF, The Hague’d you
shut down your
30yrs old art academy,
Miguel Pourier’d you
Neoliberalism
Free market
Brandname clothes
Mani-pedicure’d
Shiny car
Middle class mansion-
played you.

Reaganism’d you,
Don Martina,
Maria Liberia-Peters’d you
Politically foetus’d you
Poisened you with junk news
Vigilante, Lilo Sulveran’d you
Black teen mom’d you
Ghettofied futures
Underpaid salaries
Waiting in the rain bus stops
Soaking wet lifestyles
Bombed you

Rick Ross, Rihanna’d you
Nacho Ignacio, ABVO
Dios ta bisti pyjama’d you

Then Royal Dutch Shell’d you
Jojo Corea & Paps Capriles’d you
Green Town’d your behind
No ownership
Amparo Dos Santos, Coshel’d you.

Daphne Bunskoek Roue Verveer’d you
Neocolonial history engineered you
Steer you away from the real you.

They Wim Ellis, Luis Secco’d you
With preferential Child molesting catholic priest policies rose petal’d you.

They Dutch kingdom’d you
Second class whiplash, enjured you
Tore your wings up
DAE, Stanley Betrian’d you
A 200vote coup, Glen Sulveran’d you

Ala fin ala fan they
Mason Lodge’d you
Cola Debrot you
Bankster boogy
Ruling Elite mobbed you
Scandelously
Wolf in 3 piece suit
They Daniel Hodge’d you

Prugashi Nashonal i Patruli Nobo

Despues di un luna purbando di hendel e tristesa di transishon di Helmin Wiels e dia 5 di Mei mester tabata e momentu ku nos ta boltu nos bisionan e hiba komo persona i grupo nos pensamentu i aktitut na un nivel mas haltu ku prome dje suseso sangriente ku tabata fatal pe lider mas influential sosiopolitikamente.

E partido Pueblo Soberano ta trata di aklimatisa su mes ne realidat nobo sin e presensia di nan maestro politiko pero meskos kune ta kai hopi bja tog den e mesun patronchi di politikeria. Bunita si ta ku boshi hende nobo ta yama den Konsenshi Sivil, kantando, deklamando, tokando kwarta i supla harmonika dunando e programa un toko nobo ku niun sobra partido por imita te ainda. E werewere ku e rumannan Wiels i direktiva a yena e sede di PS despues di basta luna. Esaki no mester tasina, vishon Soberano ta nifika ku sede mester ta yena tur siman no paso hende lo ferwagtu drama pero paso hende ta interesa di debati, skucha idea strategia nobo i bute den akshon pa resosialisa Korsou. Mane na Venezuela nan lo bisa: Hasiendo Patria.

Sektor priva, sindikato, media, religioso tampoko a kompronde ku nan tin ku eleva nan forma di duna nan kontrubishon pa Korsou briya di berdat. Ketu bai nan ta ninga di eherse kritika riba nan mes. Muchu kani mi pa mi kani bo. Falta di seriedat. Si bo wak prensa un faktor iritante i skandaloso ta kon Telecuracao i su ruman radial TCFM 93.3 ta pretende di nos kanalnan nashonal pero mayoria di nan programashon ta mas komersial kaminda plaka di pueblo via e kompania mama UTS ta drenta den e planta di tv i emisora nashonal. Tur esaki sin niun outorisashon politiko ku por gasta plaka di pueblo den un manego mal bruha kaminda defakto e programashon mester ta informativo, edukativo den kombinashon di un tiki entrenementu. Den pasado direktor Paul de Geus a bisa ku Wiels ta un abusado pero pa un hende riba un style diktorial malbat ta venena su radiovidentenan ku programashon sin balor sin nutrishon edukashonal informativo ta un akto kriminal sabiendo ku abo komo plataforma nashonal no por ta mesun kos mane sobra 27 emisora i 1 a 2 kanal di televishon.

Si bo ke politika serio bo mester tin un media na serio, investigativo, independiente ku ta positivamente instiga pueblo pa lanta i krea strukturanan nobo pa nan bida avansa. Periodismo no a eleva despues di 5 di Mei. Donjonan di media no a lanta for di sonjo i kiersa ganashi ta bon paso e ta buta pan riba mesa i yuda gobiernu ku kobramentu impuesto. Sensashon i politika ganganaso ketu bai ta domina nan agenda. Nelson Pierre a bisa ku mester bin un dialogo nashonal, i stop di keda pega den patronchinan bjeew di siglo 20. Kiko nos ke un prensa ku ta buta: ‘Na Banda Bou Harta, Ladron a Horta 3 Kabritu’?

The White Hearse

When that hearse pulled up
People crying,
For a man they all greatly loved
Barba di Jonkuman tree cringed down at Marie Pompoen.
When that hearse pulled up people hurting for ya.
Old lady up in tears and the young youths too. Big grown ass men with trembling lips. Silent mourning faces, the clouds turn sorrow dark gray whispering: “Can you believe this shit?”.

A chorus of ‘misterio’ chants, solemnly curses ski-masks, a finger trigger and gold colored Kia Picanto. Future burials of perpetrators envisioned on wrinkled faces, monastery nuns defying their God sling fussilades of ‘konjo bo mama’s’ on repeat. Guiding light prayers to accompany the dearly deceased.

Psychological pandemonium blended into a capitalism feud fed by politrix make us resort to baking soda cocktails, minimum wage and welfare grits. Shots go off…… A white dove cries…

When that hearse took off
Grieving hearts hum liberation songs
Talkshows won’t overthrow above and underground money hungry regimes.
Dehumanizing Devils
And Their Florin Fables
Momentarily they sip champagne
Soon come blood of tyrants in chalices.

Yo throw your fists up for Wiels

Ancestral madrina’s sprinkle teardrops
when that long white hearse pulled up rites of rebellion burst

Buckets of water baptizing
A poet recites with revolutionary celestial honors
Soberano Bringamosa’s bust their battle cry
A plate of Papaya Stoba at the Palu Blanku roundabout. An ofrenda to his Sarantoni spirit.
San Wichi they scream: You awakened our critical consciousness through Paraguiri indigenous and 1795 Blackness.

Libation Time.

A struggle class arises triumphantly.

Kombersando ku Joceline Clemencia

Jermain Ostiana: Kon ta Joceline, bo ta sigiendo tur e delaster desaroyonan akibou?

Joceline Clemencia: Si mi tei. E forsa tei.

J.O.: Bo ta hasi falta ne momentunan aki, hopi falta mes. Ata e rasista Jacob Gelt Dekker ta bin papia kwenti Papiamentu ta un idioma kens di 20 piku mil palabra un lenga di katibu pa papia kosnan den sekreto i ku no ta sirbi pa diskuti asuntonan, konseptonan politiko.

J.C.: Semper ela chercha nos kultura, nos idioma. Hasi mofa di nos i pasobra e tin plaka ela kere ku nos ta asepta su koi chambonnan. Ami a pare varios bja ora ela demostra ku e no tin lei ku Korsou trapando nos dignidat pero no ta tur hende ta manera mi.

J.O.: Si mi ta korda kon dilanti di kamera di Telecuracao bo a mande su moerskont. Te gainan aki e i otro intelektualnan manera Brede Kristenen ku ta purba di bagatalisa (of) hasi mane e kommemorashon di 150 anja sklabitut ta un koi kens i ku nos (tambe) mester hasi algu kontra sklabitut moderno na Afrika i riba nos mes isla.

J.C.: Tin un grupo grandi di intelektual, akademiko (makamba i YDK) ku no ta kompronde e Yu di Korsou di desendiente Afrikano. Nan no a bai buska den profundidat, nan no a studia e region nos bisinjanan den Karibe i Amerika Latina ku ta demostrando mesun aktitutnan ku nos. Nan kiersa nan por bisa nos kon nos tin ku sinti, pensa, papia i aktua tokante sklabitut, kolonialismo. Nan ke dikta kon nos tin ku konmemora 150 anja abolishon di sklabitut. Tin di nan den un forma brutu ta provoka, insulta i paso nan tin sierto poder ekonomiko nan ta kere ku sosiedat ta guli manda bou nan abusu. Nan ta gran kibuka!

J.O.: Tin un hipokresia tambe si bo wak kon un miyonario no ke pa pueblo keda pega den pasado pero te mes kada ratu ta menshone, ta skibi i pio ainda a bin Korsou anjanan nobenta no ku e idea pa kuminsa un hotel pero pa konstrui un museo ku e tema sentral di sklabitut.

J.C.: Sigur no! I hasta nan tin un supuesto sentro di estudio tokante diaspora Afrikano, imaginabu. Nunka ela publika niun estudio, investigashon sientifiko sosial. Nunka nos yunan di tera a wordu ofrese un beka mane ela gestiona pa hasi pa studia temanan ku ta toka Yu di Korsou pretu i use pa adelanto. Ya einan bo ta mira ku e ta un chatiger miyonario. E tin un agenda.

J.O.: Sin duda, strukturalmente via su kolumnonan i ekspreshonnan den media e ta bati e yu di Korsou pretu su karakteristikanan. E no ta mishi ku esun hudiew, portuges, protestant blanku. E komunidat ulandes ku nunka e sa analisa ku tantu opseshon manera nos anto mas mahos ta ku e tribu ulandes riba nos isla no ta denunsia sistematikamente e atakanan dirigi di parti di shon miyonario. Kedando ketu nan i media ulandes ta aproba i partisipa den e konspirashon di rasismo blanku.

JC: Dia ma entrega e proklamashon di un Korsou independiente na Balkenende na 2005 hende no por a kompronde dikon un persona lo a drenta den palasio di gobernado durante un resepshon i proklama independensha. Den e referendum estatal entre Si ku NO na 2009 net un dia prome ma bai St. Kits and Nevis kaminda ta tin un reunion, un seminario dje komishon ku ta asigna pa dekolonisashon dje teritorionan kolonisa ku a keda riba lista di Nashonnan Uni. E dia ei tampoko hende no a mira ku bo tin ku kana sierto pasonan pa fortifika bo posishon.

J.O.: Seh mi ta korda e koi kla kla, den tur e kayente dje elekshon pa skohe sea pa Si of NO abo komo vishonario a subi avion i bai lobi, purba di hanja atenshon pa e kousa di Korsou ku tabata na punta di wordu rekolonisa. Mara nos partidonan politiko e tempu ei por a kapta bo pasonan i dunabu tur sosten pa hanja apoyo regional.
Esaki nos lidernan na 2013 tin ku sinja. E forsa ta serka nos bisinjanan.

JC: I traha huntu, unifika mas tantu posibel. Laga diferenshanan chikitu atras. Konsentra riba e grandesa di kada ken i usa esei pa harma bo ehersito di independensha.

J.O.: Danki pe entrevista aki Joceline.

J.C.: Tabata un plaser.