Family Discovery Series: Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music with Katherine Dines
This affordable series is designed to introduce your little ones to the incredible world of arts and culture. These family-friendly events are low cost and 60 minutes or under, allowing kids to explore and engage with the arts. A lifetime of the arts starts one discovery at a time!
Multi-award winning, Grammy-nominated children’s songwriter, Katherine Dines engages audiences of all ages with dance, stories, zany props, sign language, global instruments and so much more. Bring the family and sing along!
The True Story of Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta
By Katherine Dines
When I was a young child, my parents, brother, sister, three sets of aunties and uncles, 13 cousins and 6 dogs, (plus one scrawny stray cat named “Tidbit”), gathered every single Sunday for lunch at my grandmother’s house.
While the biscuits baked, the potatoes boiled and the chicken fried, the grown-ups chatted inside the children played outside. Rain or wind, sun or snow, we were a wild and giggly bunch, who made such a ruckus that no one could get our attention, except for our Gran. And this is how: she opened up the kitchen door, cupped her hands around her lips, and hollered: “KICK-ta-bill-icky/ALL-uh-guh-LOCK-sta/HUNK-TA-BUNK-TA Boo. Yooooo-Hooooo!”
That was her way of letting us know food was on the table. Turns out Gran learned the phrase from her great grandmother. So today it’s at least 250 years old, though nobody knows (or can remember) where it came from, who said it first, or what it really means. It could be Celtic, Welsh or Scottish, because that’s where Gran’s great-grandmother lived. Maybe someone way back then, made it up. It might even be an African dialect, Chinese, Farsi or Eskimo. If you know, please do tell!
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