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Born June 15 1926 on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Ms Leona Brady Watson is recognized as one of the premier preservers and revivers of the tradition of Cariso singing. In 1990 Watson was recognized by the Smithsonian Institute's Office of Folk Life Programs as a cultural tradition bearer on the Virgin Islands. She has performed at the Virgin Islands' Folk Life Exhibit in Washington, D.C. and was one of the main organizers of the First Annual V.I. Folk Life Festival on St. Croix in 1991.
"Some of Leona's famed works include: Quoted in 3 published books; actress in the film, The Story of Cariso, nationally acclaimed; performance in numerous stage shows, on island and abroad; participated in the 24th Annual Festival of American Folklife, the Virgin Islands; program sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the Virgin Islands.
Leona is also a highly respected herbologist who has been asked most recently to participate in cultural exchange between Africa (Senegal), China and Switzerland."
- TRIBUTE TO LEONA BRADY WATSON -- HON. VICTOR O. FRAZER (Extension of Remarks - August 1, 1996) [Page: E1424] --- HON. VICTOR O. FRAZER in the House of Representatives, Wednesday, July 31, 1996
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