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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."


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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