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Nos Zjilea Cultural Event
October 26 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm AST$5.00
The Nos Zjilea event has a fusion of local arts and crafts, plants and vegetables, and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at Mangazina di Rei terrace.
The theme of this month’s presentation is dedicated to Traditional Uses of Medicinal Plants. All presentations are presented in Papiamentu and translated into English.
The Bonairean people have always lived very close to nature. Their diet was very healthy, they produced their own food, or they were collecting products from the woods and hunting for others. Besides that, they also had their own methods of healing. They went to the woods to look for medicinal herbs. Even today, there are people who make their medicines from medicinal herbs or go hunting and make typical plates that you don’t see much of anymore.
This coming Saturday, October 26, is the next edition of the cultural event Nos Zjilea at the Cultural Park Mangazina di Rei. This edition will focus upon the theme of traditional uses of medicinal plants. Mrs. Engracia “Gacha” Coffie, one of our elderly people raised in the countryside, will give a demonstration on how to make a traditional cactus soup. This sopi di kadushi (cactus soup) is a typical Bonairean delicacy and contains lots of iron. It is made from the new shoots of the Kadushi (one of the large columnar cacti on the island). After the demonstration there will be a possibility to taste the soup.
Mr. George “Kultura” Thodé will give a small presentation in which he will demonstrate various medicinal herbs. George knows a lot about medicinal herbs. Not only has he grown up in nature, he also learned a lot from his ancestors, even when he was a little boy. There is a saying that our elderly use: Kada malesa tin su remedi, which is translated into something like “for every disease there is a cure.” During his presentation, George will explain how the different herbs are used. George Thodé also founded the Kadimo Foundation, with the aim of transferring the knowledge found from the past generations to the future generations.
At the Nos Zjilea event, there also will be various market stalls with local, fresh products, art and local dishes. The kitchen opens at 10:00 AM, and gives the opportunity to sample various local dishes during the whole day. All this is provided in a cozy atmosphere with live performances by local singer Mr. Nico Melaan and the local folkloric band Tipiko Klasiko.