As some of you may have noticed from my social media (cultural clothing and dancing videos), I have participated in one of Curaçao’s parades Seú (pronounced: “Say-oe”). Seú translates to harvest, so as you can guess with Curaçao being all cultural and historical, it originates from slavery. This is why everyone who participates in the parade is dressed in clothing that the slaves used to wear. Only… well, with more colours and a modern touch. Some even walk around with a basket of artificial fruit and veggies that would have grown in the plantation.
My cousin Nohely just so happened to be in a dancegroup and asked me if I also wanted to dance along in the parade. I considered it a challenge for me because I didn’t even know what kind of music we would be dancing to, lol. I would have to learn a lot, especially the dance moves because it’s really something that has to be IN you.
Another reason of why I wanted to participate is because I wanted to feel like an actual “Yu’i Korsou”. I have been on Curaçao a few months now, but I am still being called a fake Curaçaoan, or Makamba. I hate that word. Just because I have grown up in The Netherlands and don’t speak Papiamentu fluently, doesn’t mean I don’t own the Curaçaoan half of my blood. So dancing such a cultural dance and participating in such a cultural event was my way of saying: “I am from here, I am here and my mixed nationality doesn’t mean I’ve picked a side, I am both.
Okay, more about the parade itself. It was definitely one heck of an experience. Besides that our clothing wasn’t even ready on the morning of the parade, everything went quite smooth. We had to DANCE about 8km in the burning hot sun, which took about 4 hours. Can you imagine? Given the fact that we were only handed water, (no juice or soda what you would normally get during a parade) there were a few moments where I literally thought I would pass out. But through it all, I had such a great time! I loved the energy that everyone had, it was so cool to see the people on the side dancing along and enjoying our performance on the street.
Would I do it again? I have no idea, lol. Guess we’ll find out next year, enjoy the pics!!
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