Ancestral Cooking Forum
JUBA, CHITLINS and HAMBONE
Now I taught a song "Juba" to my college students and then brought in a dish of "Chitlins" on sharing day. They had to sing the song and taste the food. At that time I taught at Towson State University, MD in the 1970s. Along with singing the song, I performed the rhythmic activity of patting "Hambone".
Juba was a food that was traditionally eaten by slaves in the United States colonies that worked on plantations. It was made up of a mixture of leftovers and was cooked in a large pot. This song, often sung in call and response, was written about it:
"Juba this and Juba that
Juba killed a yellow cat
And get over double trouble, Juba.
You sift-a the meal, you give me the husk
You cook-a the bread, you give me the crust.
You fry the meat, you give me the skin
And thatís where my mamaís trouble begin.
And then you Juba.
You just Juba.
Juba up, Juba down
Juba all around the town.
Juba for ma, Juba for pa
Juba for your brother-in-law."