Mary Paiva Drouin Oral History

Mary Paiva Drouin | Dancing Dolls

Mary Paiva Drouin (1922-2006) was a chef, flower arranger, and daughter of a first-generation Portuguese immigrant family. In this clip from a 2002 interview, she describes the joy of the now-lost tradition of caroling from house to house in the Island’s Portuguese neighborhoods on Christmas Eve. She sings Portuguese songs and plays the “dancing dolls” that were all a part of this celebration.

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Title Dancing Dolls
Date 2002
Type Oral History
Thematic Collection Oral History
Interviewer Linsey Lee
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