North-East Communities

Toco

Located on the northeast corner of Trinidad, the town of Toco can be accessed from the southwest by the Toco Main Road which runs through Matura, Salibea, Rampanalgas, and Cumana. Along the Toco coastline facing the Atlantic Ocean is Salybia Bay which is used by the Olorisa (followers of the Orisa faith) to celebrate the Oshun Festival (see photo at left). The purpose of the festival is to pay "obeisance to the river as a deity." In the Orisa faith, Oshun is the mother (deity) of fertility and is the mirror that assists people reflecting on life. The Oshun Festival has its origins many centuries ago in Oshogobro, near the Oshun River in Nigeria, and the time of its celebration is in accordance with the Orisa calendar. Writer Earl Lovelace was born in Toco and visitors to the town can view the large collection of historical items at the Toco Folk Museum which was opened in 1997. Some of the communities of Toco are Cumana Village, L'Anse Noire, Mission Village, and Monte Video Village.

Entertainment

Steelbands: The following is a listing of the steelbands that functioned in Toco, broken down by type: traditional (pans supported around the neck); and conventional (pans supported mechanically).

STEELBAND TYPE LOCATION IN 2002 HISTORY
Pan Stereonettes Traditional Archibald Street, Cumana Village  
Toco Uprising Conventional Power Street  

Sports

Toco is the birthplace of Mervyn Dillon who represented the West Indies in Test cricket.

Academic Institutions

SCHOOL LEVEL ADDRESS RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION HISTORY
Cumana RC School Primary Cumana Village Roman Catholic 430 Pupils in 2002
Toco Composite School Secondary Galera Road Non-Denominational  
Toco RC School Primary Mission Village Roman Catholic 43 Pupils in 2002

TOP
E-mail to: Ronald C. Emrit

Copyright 2000-2003 All rights reserved.