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This year's play, guaranteed to be an entertaining one,
is a follow up of last year's. The play, produced by Les
Coteaux Close Connection Cultural Club is entitled 'All ah
we own'. The play will be held at the Tablepiece Recre-
ation Ground on Arnos Vale Road and it starts at 8pm
sharp on July 25th. Admission is $50. A member of the
group told Tobago Hot Spots what the play is about. She
said "There was a man by the name of Joe Grimes and he
had something to charm women. As a result he had a lot
of children all over the place with many women. He even-
tually went away and got married to one of the women's
daughter and the daughter came back to Tobago and
found four women also pregnant for him. Another
woman who he was with killed him and he died in the
play. His spirit came back and is now roaming the area.
All the women he got pregnant lost the babies except for
his wife. He didn't know that he was dead. He was still
thinking that he was alive. Then one night in the ceme-
tery he came across a La Diablesse and he asked her
what she was doing there. She said to him "I am dead like
you." With that news he started terrorizing the women.
An obeah woman tried to put down the evil spirit but he
was so wicked that he went into her helper and so the
Les Coteaux is full of tales such as this. Tales of
soucouyants, witches and douens are all part of the cul-
ture of this village. As the group member related "we
base the plays not on a script but on the stories we have
heard from our forefathers."
She told us about some other stories that are popular
in the village. Stating that Les Coteaux was known for
obeah long ago, the woman began "Everyone respected
obeah people. My father told me of a young man who
saw a laden mango tree. Everyone feared this tree and no
matter how many mangoes fell no one could pick it up.
The man decided he was going to get two mangoes and
as he bent to pick up the mangoes a big, black snake
darted out. He started screaming and the owner of the
tree came out and asked "who dey?" When the young
man responded the owner told him to go over to the
other side of the house. By the time he got there the
snake was already there. The owner asked him who he
was and what he wanted. The young man identified him-
self, told the owner his parents' names and that he
wanted two mangoes. The owner told the snake "it is
okay, he is one ah we own". The young man took two
mangoes and nothing more."
Stories such as this are quite popular in Les Coteaux
and threats were even more popular in days gone by. The
woman said "Long time as it didn't have street light, cup
and saucer used to be up and down the road. And if you
thief something from somebody they would give you
nine days to live. You would either have to return what
you thief or obeah would have you dead."
Another popular tale is that of Gang Gang Sara. The
group member related "It is said that she was a witch
who flew across from Africa to Les Coteaux. She came in
search of her family. She was married to a man by the
name of Tom and when he died, the witch decided to go
back to Africa. She got to the top of a silk cotton tree and
tried to fly but couldn't because she ate salt. Today there
is a tomb where one would see Sara and her husband's
The silk cotton tree is also well respected in Les
Coteaux since long ago many believed that spirits
dwelled there and many would go there to invoke the
spirits and "work obeah".
In addition to the play, there is a part of the night of
July 25th which will be full of folk tales and story telling.
During the day, pone, cakes and other items will be on
sale. Tours will also be provided for those wanting to visit
Sara's tomb, the silk cotton tree and other landmarks in
Les Coteaux. Tours are free and start at 9am.
If you're visiting Les Coteaux, ensure that you become
familiar with its folk tales. As the group member said
"We grew up with these stories and we are not sure
whether they are true but they have lived on as part of
the culture of Les Coteaux."
Les Coteaux is a name synonymous with folk tales and superstition.
Located in Tobago, the village of Les Coteaux holds much mystery. As
a result of its mystery and its rich, interesting history, every year for
the Heritage Festival, a play on the folk tales and superstition is held.
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