Trelawny – Culture (Part 2)

Much of the social activity is related to religion. Upper Trelawny has been known for revivalism and pocomania. Martha Brae was noted for the revival festival in which groups from all over the island participate. This revival activity usually lasted for one week.

Yam and Cassava

Trelawny is known for its production of yam and cassava. There has been much interest in yam following the outstanding sprinting performances of triple World Record Holder Usain Bolt who was born and raised in the parish. Local and international scientists have been conducting studies to determine the impact on the consumption of yam in the diet of athletes may have on their athletic abilities.

The Ministry of Agriculture has also been encouraging the production of cassava through technical, financial and information support.  Currently, the most popular cassava product is bammy.

Trelawny – Culture (Part 1)

Trelawny has pockets of rich culture indigenous to the parish. Wakefield in North Trelawny is the home of the Tambu, Gerre and Mento Band. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has taught these traditions to children in several schools –Duncans All-Age and Granville All-Age. Drumming is also a part of the rich culture and was one of the teaching activities of JCDC. The Bamboo dance is practised in South Trelawny.

In 1997 the Albert Town South Trelawny Environmental Agency started the first yearly Yam Festival where yam products were exhibited and methods of production displayed. Several items such as ‘yam punch’, ‘yam cakes’ and ‘yam fresher’ were displayed.

Refuge in North Trelawny is known for cassava products including ‘cassava pone’ ‘cassava cake’, ‘cassava bammies’, ‘cassava couscous’ and ‘coconut curls’.