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Banyan's archives home is a purpose built environmentally controlled vault constructed with private resources and outfitted with financial assistance from the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC).

Now, after four years work, with the assistance of the National Library and Information Services of Trinidad & Tobago (NALIS), York University in Toronto, Canada, The Alma Jordan Library at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, Banyan's impressive archive has been completely digitised and comprehensive metadata compiled into a 14,000 record database (see Digitised Archive Database). Working with Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Banyan is offering Interested institutions the opportunity to secure a licence to access this archive either by direct physical acquisition or through online subscription.




Summary of The Banyan Archive


Over 2000 video files documented by over 14,000 searchable records in the database


Over 400 edited programmes (see PROGRAMME CATALOGUE)


1600 files of unedited and raw footage including:



Hosein - Shi-ite Muslim festival in Trinidad & Jamaica 1977, 1986, 1991, 2000



 Phagwa - Hindu spring festival in Trinidad & Guyana 1978, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990. Interviews, re-enactment of the legend of Holika, celebration of Holika, Chowtal singing and performance. 


 Johnkunnoo - masquerade in Jamaica and Bahamas, Belize and Guyana. 


 Divali - Hindu festival of lights in honour of Mother Lakshmi traditional village celebrations in Dow Village, California - Trinidad. 


 La Marguerite and La Rose - Rival Flower festivals of St. Lucia 1986 & 1988. 


 Ramleela - The story of the Holy Ramayana as 10 day community re-enactment by the villagers of Dow Village, California, Trinidad. This drama has been enacted annually for 112 years. 1985, 1987, 2000,


 Bčlé - folk tradition, St. Lucia 1991. Trinidad & Tobago (1979), Martinique 


 Orisha - Traditional African religion in Trinidad: various feasts and festivals including the ceremony of the Bull, feast of Oshun, feast of Elephon and a pilgrimage. 6th World Congress of Orisha tradition, Yoruba Village, Orisha Pilgrimage,  1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2000, 2003,


 St. Peter's day festivities in Matelot, isolated fishing village on North Coast of Trinidad. 


 Fire Walking ceremony in Kali worship, Trinidad 1987. 


Limbo, history and practice Trinidad 1983 


 Limbo, history and practice Trinidad 1983 



Also many other festivals, ceremonies and practices in Christian (Ash Wednesday, Easter), Hindu (baptising, head shaving, pilgrimage to sea), Muslim (sighting the moon for Id al-Fitr, Id ceremonies and practices), Orisha feasts.



 Recordings of drama productions and dance performances in Trinidad & Tobago in 1979-1982 period and beyond. Including plays of Derek Walcott and the Trinidad Theatre Workshop




Interview with Errol Hill, dramatist and Caribbean Theatre authority. 


Extracts and interviews of productions weekly between 1985 and 1991. 




Derek Walcott - Poet, Playwright, Nobel Laureate - by Dr. Ken Ramchand, Professor of west Indian Literature, University of the West Indies. (4 hours on his poetry) 1981.Derek Walcott by Dr. Victor Questel (4 hours on The Trinidad Theatre Workshop and Derek's drama.) 1981. 




Errol Hill - Playwright, Dramatist 


C.L.R. James- Novelist, Political philosopher and activist - by Dr. Ken Ramchand, Tony Hall and Bruce Paddington (8 hours) 1981. 


George Lamming- novelist - by Christopher Laird (1 hour) Barbados 1989. 


Rosa Guy - novelist - 20 minutes, Trinidad 1990 


 Peter Minshall Carnival Mas' artist - by Christopher Laird 1991 & by Tony Hall (1 hour) on 16mm film 1993, 1998, 2014


V.S.Naipaul Seminar to Fatima teachers and students 1974 


 Dunstan St. Omer - Muralist & Painter - by Ken Corsbie 1989 - St. Lucia. 


 Euzhan Palcy - Film Director - by Bruce Paddington, (1 hour) Martinique 1989. 


 Slade Hopkinson - Actor & Dramatist - Guyana by Christopher Laird, Tony Hall and Eintou Springer (1˝ hours) 1993. 


 Fitzroy Coleman - Calypso-Jazz Guitarist, innovator and arranger - by Tony Hall & Christopher Laird (1 hour) Trinidad 1987 


The Roaring Lion - veteran calypsonian - by Tony and Dennis Hall and Christopher Laird, Trinidad (1 hour) 1990. 


 Andrew Beddeau - Master Drummer, masquerader, singer/actor & Orisha priest - by Tony Hall & Christopher Laird (˝ hour) Trinidad 1990. 


 Dionne Brand - Poet - by Christopher Laird (1˝ hours) Trinidad 1992. 


 Lord Melody - veteran calypsonian - by Tony hall & Christopher Laird (20 min.) 1986 Trinidad. 


 The Shadow - innovative calypsonian - by Tony Hall & Christopher Laird (˝ hour) 1988 Trinidad. 


 Ras Shorty I - inventor of Soca by Christopher Laird, 1989 (˝ hour) 


 Merchant (Dennis Franklyn Williams) - Calypsonian, Soca Artist, Composer - By Errol Fabien (June 1994) 1˝ hours 

And Many More…

Many more…



 Plus many interviews with Caribbean Women Writers, Caribbean film makers, Aime Cesaire (Poet/politician, Martinique), Beryl McBurnie (Dance pioneer, Trinidad), Calypsonians, Dancers, Choreographers, Dramatists, Writers, Pioneers of the Steelband, Painters, Folk medicine practitioners etc.


Caribbean Festivals of the Arts (CARIFESTA)

 Cuba 1977, 20 minute montage compilation.

 Barbados 1981 - covering the whole festival. 


Trinidad & Tobago 1992


Trinidad & Tobago 1992



 Kite making. Top carving, making and playing



 Steelband History and new technology. 


 Stick fighting (Trinidad martial art). 


 Cock Fighting


 Kali worship. 


 Sports & Games in the Caribbean. 


 Hindu wedding - including village announcement house to house, groom's home activities, bride's home activities, ceremony and celebrations. About 20 tapes Trinidad 1986. 








Interviews and documentation of Repertory Dance Theatre, Trinidad & Tobago, under Astor Johnson




Dance Dimensions, 1981,


National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica


Dance festival 1980, 1981


Fantasy in dance One and Two


Dance Dance 1982


Dance association Highlights 1986


Bele (Belaire)




PLUS Interviews with Dance pioneers, Beryl McBurnie, Rex Nettleford, Joyce Kirton, Julia Edwards, Astor Johnson, and many more






Many Interviews Famous steelband pioneers and practitioners, young and old:

Sterling Betancourt, Anthony Williams, MacDonald Mac Kinsale, Zigalee, Hugo Besson, Albert Jones, Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore, Earl Rodney, Junior Pouchet, Neville Jules




Panorama competitions 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1998


Conversation with Len Boogsie Sharpe,


Silver Stars 60th Anniversary  2006


Pan Is Beautiful Four 1986


Tribute to Anthony Williams 2006






Live recordings from all the calypso tents 1985 - 1988


·      Interviews with calypsonians. 

·      Lord Melody 

·      Roaring Lion  

·      David Rudder 

·      Blue Boy (Superblue) 

·      Lord Pretender 

·      Kitchener 

·      Tiger 

·      Organiser 

·      Cro Cro 

·      Watchman 

·      Ras Shorty I 

·      Black Stalin 

·      Merchant 

and many others 







 Traditional and contemporary masquerade every year from 1977. 




 Interviews and performances on the street for traditional characters such as: Bat, Midnight Robber, Dragon, Black Indian


  Queens of Carnival 1986, interviews, costume construction. 


Dimanche Gras (Parade of Kings & Queens and Calypso competition) 1986, 1987, 1988. 


 Agricultural technology



Panorama  1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1998










 Small Farming in the Caribbean. - interviews with small farmers in Antigua & Montserrat 1985 




 Food Processing (agro-industry) and production in Trinidad & Tobago, livestock, farming, fishing. 


 Pink Mealy Bug in the Caribbean 


Agricultural technology


 Agricultural technology




Proceedings of the 1983 Inaugural Alliance Convention which gave rise to the National Alliance for Reconstruction which in 1986 won the general elections after the rule of the People's National Movement for the 30 years since Independence. 




 Anti-apartheid marches and rallies for the English cricket tour of 1986. 


 Reconstruction of the events of 19 June 1937 in Fyzabad (1986). (The 'Butler Riots' which sparked labour revolt in the southern Caribbean in 1937) 


 Interviews with Trade Union Pioneers and activists: 

·       McDonald Stanley 

·      Jim Barratt 

·      Christina King 


Interview with George Louison, Minister in the PRG (Maurice Bishop) government one week after his escape from the Bernard Coard purge of the government and the US Invasion of Grenada, by Frank Solomon (4˝ hours). 


 Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, interviews with officials and governments, examination of common institutions with a view to political unity. Antigua, St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada. 



Attempted Coup 1990, Trinidad



Attempted Coup 1990, Trinidad





Interviews with:  
Kirby - Curator National Museum, St. Vincent 




 Dennis Williams - Anthropologist, Museum, Guyana 


Desrey Fox - research, Amerindian Research Centre, University of Guyana 


 Irving Auguste - Carib chief, Dominica 


 Ricardo Hernandez Bharath - Carib chief, Trinidad 


Amerindian songs. (Guyana)


 Amerindians in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, schools, clinics, farming, landscape.


 Amerindians in Suriname, chopping firewood, cooking cassava bread for beer making.


 Black Caribs in Griegs, St. Vincent. 


 Yellow Caribs in Sandy Bay, St. Vincent. 


 Garifuna dancing & Drumming, Dangrika, Belize. 


 Re-enactment of Black Carib (Garifuna) landing, Belize. 


Carib dance and religious service, Dominica. 


 Carib dance and religious service, Dominica. 





Interviews and visuals:


·       Zobida Jo Ali Painter Trinidad

·      Emheyo Bahabba Painter Trinidad

·      Alexis Ballie Painter Trinidad

·      Ralph & Vera Baney Sculptors Trinidad

·      Valerie Belgrave Painter/batik artist Trinidad

·      Clifford Birjoo Painter Trinidad

·      Simon Bissette St.Lucia

·      Eddie Bowen Painter Trinidad

·      Marjorie Brodhagen Painter Guyana


·      Fransisco Cabral Sculptor Trinidad

·      Adrian Camps-Campins Painter Trinidad

·      Dudley Charles painter Guyana

·      Leroy Clarke Painter Trinidad

·      Stephanie Correia Painter/sculptor Guyana

·      Ken Critchlow Painter Trinidad

·      Stephen Derrick Mas' Artist Trinidad

·      Earl Etienne Painter Dominica

·      Francis Ferreira Sculptor Guyana



  • Alene Garvey Trinidad
  • Jason Griffith Mas' artist Trinidad
  • Carlysle Harris Painter Trinidad
  • Donald (Jackie) Hinkson Painter Trinidad
  • Louise Kimme Sculptor Tobago
  • Alexander King Painter Trinidad
  • Makemba Kunle Sculptor Trinidad
  • Enrique Lobo Venezuela
  • Dermot Louison Painter(pastoral/folk) Trinidad 
  • Denise Maynard-Gredidge Muralist/community art 
  • Peter Minshall Mas'Artist Trinidad 
  • Phillip Moore Sculptor/painter Guyana
  • Ken Morris Copper/metal artist Trinidad 
  • Wilcox Morris Painter Tobago 
  • Larry Mosca Nature(bird) painter Trinidad
  •  Steve Oudit Painter/sculptor Trinidad 

·      Albert Prince Sculptor Tobago 

·      Sonnylal Rambissoon Painter/printmaker Trinidad 

  • Glen Roopchand
  • Painter Trinidad  Anna Serrao Sculptor Trinidad 
  • Hazel Shury Painter Guyana 
  • George Simon Painter Guyana 
  • Tessa Springer Painter Trinidad 
  • Dunstan St. Omer muralist St. Lucia 
  • Ian Walcott muralist Barbados 
  • Kennedy Walcott Painter/set designer Trinidad 
  • Samuel Waldron Sculptor (concrete) Trinidad 
  • Doc Williamson Sculptor Jamaica


And visuals of the Burrows School of Art in Guyana and a number of exhibitions 



Construction of the National Stadium - Trinidad - 1979/1980, interviews with Architect, contractors, visuals of various phases. 

 Maroon communities in Suriname, Rivers, Schools, Clinics, medical examination of children, construction, children paddling to school,

Work collected outside the Caribbean region: Bahia - Brazil - Capoera, music, carnival, people;  

New Delhi - India - Women's movement in Indian & Pakistan; 

Ghana - West Africa - Music, High Life, masquerade, slave castles, storytelling in the village, funeral ceremony in the village. 


Bahia, Brazil: David Rudder searches for the Bahia Gyal. 1987


Work collected outside the Caribbean region: Bahia - Brazil - Capoera, music, carnival, people;  

New Delhi - India - Women's movement in Indian & Pakistan; 

Ghana - West Africa - Music, High Life, masquerade, slave castles, storytelling in the village, funeral ceremony in the village. 


Bahia, Brazil: David Rudder searches for the Bahia Gyal. 1987






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