For more than 30 years I have been telling an Ananse story. For most of that time, to me, it was just, the Ananse story, the one I had learned from Henk. Eventually I named it Ananse and The Book of Knowledge. I don’t know if that is really it’s name. I can’t remember if Henk even called it that. In my mind it’s The Ananse Story and it’s The Ananse story Henk taught me.
I’m not the only one to have learned this story. Others with the knowledge are out there, Mary-Anne Roberts, Yuklin Ahue, and my great friend Brian Richardson, who performed Sasa.
Naturally, as he does, Alex cajoled (not coerced) Brian into making a video recording of Ananse and The Book of Knowledge. And naturally, as he does, Brian got deep into the heart of Henk’s creation.
So much that we wanted to remember Henk and share the book of knowledge he left behind, just a small drop of his legacy.
images of Henk T’jon from https://theaterencyclopedie.nl/wiki/Henk_Tjon and https://search.alexanderstreet.com/