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What's it called? Mosquitos and high water.
Who published it? [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
What's it like? 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 21 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
digital
video file MPEG-4 Flash
Helpful notes! Title from title frames.
Originally produced by The Center for New American Media in 1982.
What's it about? In the bayous and swamps east of New Orleans reside members of one of America's least-known ethnic group, the Spanish-speaking "Islenos" of St. Bernard Parish. Their ancestors came to this country over two hundred years ago from the Canary Islands off the West coast of Africa, and today their descendants continue to make a living as fishermen and trappers. This award-winning video documentary examines the Islenos' unique history and culture, which remained isolated from the outside world until recently. El Mosco y el Agua Alta shows how the Islenos have preserved their archaic Spanish dialect and maintained the tradition of the decima,a long, descriptive ballad about events in their lives or notorious local characters. Although some of these songs are sad, many are light-hearted and use comic exaggeration. In addition to the singing of several decimas, the documentary offers a colorful portrait of Isleno life, including an alligator hunt, a discussion of old folk cures and superstitions, work on the shrimp boats, preparation of muskrat pelts, and the annual Blessing of the Fleet. Produced and directed by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker.
Special stuff to know! Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Helpful subjects! Isleņos -- Louisiana -- Saint Bernard Parish -- History.
It's a special thing! Documentary films.
More people who helped! Alvarez, Louis, director, producer.
Kolker, Andrew, director, producer.
Kanopy (Firm)
Special numbers! 1098679 Kanopy
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