Suriname, 17th day, upper Suriname river

This is a video about the upper Suriname river.

19 February, on Isadou island; like yesterday.

A ringed kingfisher flying overhead.

The ladder-tailed nightjar sits on the same branch as yesterday; five centimeter more to the left.

Red-rumped caciques.

Two ruddy ground-doves.

8:45: one pied lapwing on the same rock as yesterday. Then, it flies away.

Great kiskadee. Piratic flycatcher.

A king vulture high in the sky.

From the boat: swallow-tailed kite. A plumbeous kite flying. Amazon kingfisher.

A striated heron.

Southern rough-winged swallow.

We land near Ladowani village. A red-rumped cacique breeding colony hanging from a tree. A smooth-billed ani.

Unlike many other villages on the upper Suriname river, Ladowani was not founded as a “transmigration” village for people who had to flee from the rising waters of the Brokopondo-Van Blommestein lake. It existed already before the 1960’s.

Its people are African-Surinamese maroons: their ancestors ran away from slavery in the coastal region and founded communities in the interior.

Near the airstrip of Ladoani (as it is also spelled sometimes), ten white-winged swallows sitting together on a wire.

The people in Ladowani mainly have an “animist” religion, with historical origin in traditional African religions. A few hundred meters away, another village, Nieuw Aurora, is mainly Christian: Evangelische Broedergemeente, the biggest denomination among African-Surinamese.

The primary school in Nieuw Aurora has eight teachers for 400 children. The head teacher says that teaching is in Dutch. She adds: “and sometimes in our mother tongue, Saramaccan, so that everyone can understand”.

The Saramaccan language was made by fugitive ex-slaves, from various African and European languages. These were the “building blocks” for Sranan Tongo as well, but Saramaccan is really different from Sranan Tongo.

If children want to go to high school, then they have to go to Paramaribo.

A swallow-tailed kite circling above the village.

The boat goes back to Isadou. In a tree on the bank, a black hawk-eagle. It flies across the river, to a tree on the other bank.

On Isadou, a black-tailed tityra in a palm tree.

On the other bank, two pied lapwings and a spotted sandpiper.

A white-necked puffbird, trying to eat termites from a nest in a tree.

A buff-throated woodcreeper in a palm tree. A house wren.

A juvenile plumbeous kite on a tree on the other bank.

In the evening, there is music by the Isadou Boys band from Nieuw Aurora. The band has five different drums, each with a role of its own. Plus voices of the drummers and some non-drummers.

It is danceable music with lyrics in Saramaccan. The musical style is Saramaccan, with many African influences; the instruments are kawina: an acoustic music tendency, originally from Commewijne (=Kawina) district.

Kawina music should not be confused with the only meaning which Wikipedia has for the word “Kawina”, an extinct trilobite. The Dutch Wikipedia does not have any Kawina article. UPDATE December 2013: it has by now; still not with links to Wikipedia articles in other languages.

UPDATE February 2019: by now, there is an English Wikipedia article on kawina music; linked to from the Dutch language article.

This video in Dutch is about kawina music; especially about the band Bosse Krioro.

A new bird for American birders has appeared in the south of Texas, found by two visiting birders from Canada. The rare [Amazon] kingfisher is normally found further south in Mexico: here.

Kaseko music history: here.

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