Friday, March 19, 2010

#137 Trinidad & Tobago...Thanks Matthew!

The 2.5$ stamp was issued in 2009 to commemorate the 21th CHOGM held in Port of Spain during 27-29 November,2009 depicting steel pans.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, abbreviated to CHOGM, is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations. Every two years the meeting is held in a different member state, and is chaired by that nation's respective Prime Minister or President, who becomes the Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office. Recently, meetings have been attended by Queen Elizabeth II, who is the Head of the Commonwealth, although the Queen's formal appearance only began in 1997.

Steel pans is a musical instrument and a form of music originating from Trinidad and Tobago.

With the mass exodus from Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe to Trinidad, the steelpan evolved from a communication device to the musical instrument it is used as today. Drumming was used as a form of communication among the enslaved Africans and was subsequently outlawed by the British colonial government in 1783. African slaves also performed during Mardi Gras celebrations, joining the French that had brought the tradition to the island. The two most important influences were the drumming traditions of both Africa and India. The instrument's invention was therefore a specific cultural response to the conditions present on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.Steel pan musicians are called pannists.

The 1$ stamp was from 2005 Coastal Dreamscape issue depicting Hawksbill Turtle with diver.

The hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in its genus. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Pacific subspecies.

The 50c stamp was issued in 1990 illustrating Copper-rumped Hummingbird,which is a small bird that breeds in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, and has occurred as a vagrant on Grenada.

The 25c stamp is from 2005 Local Herbal Medicine issue showing Rachet.

The last 1$ stamp is from 2007 Historical Building issue showing Roomor,which was constructed in 1904 as a family residence. It was designed by a French architect and the original pattern-book is still available at the Ambard's House Library. Most of the materials used in construction were imported, the marble from Italy, the tiles from France and the cast iron elements from Scotland.

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