"The Carib Territory is home to the Kalinago (Carib) Indians who once ruled the entire Eastern Caribbean. Discover original Carib craft, meet boat-builders, hear stories and legends associated with sites such as L'Escalier Tete Chien and Pagua Rock." This is an invitation from the Ministry of Tourism.

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Carib NEWS - Local & Regional

Dominican Caribs on canoeing expedition

A group of 11 Dominican Caribs sailed into Nevis in a traditional Carib canoe on Monday as part of the Gli Gli Expedition. The Caribs were accompanied by a support ship, ‘Fiddlers Green’, with eight crew members and an accompanying crew of eight from Antigua. (Full Article)


The Kalinago People of Dominica: Our Lives in Words and Pictures Edited by Mary Walters ISBN: 9780953222421 40pp, hardback Publication: April 2007 £9.99 “Just 515 years after Columbus arrived in the Caribbean, these indigenous people finally get to speak here through their own words and photographs, showing what it means to maintain a traditional culture while living in the modern world.” Professor Peter Hulme, Essex University.

Fontaine's natural rhythm unbeatable

André Jebbinson, Staff Reporter, Jamaica Gleaner
February 4, 2007 - Dominican singer, Nasio Fontaine, is only one of the many artistes who reggae icon Bob Marley has influenced. Though he grew up in Dominica, he was still under the influence of the flow of the music into his consciousness and it lifted his energy. (Full Article)

Nursing Students receive help from Ross University
    Times News on 2006/10/20 - Dominica’s indigenous people have received yet another opportunity to educate and elevate themselves and the populace of the Carib Territory. Two students of the Dominica State College – Faculty of Health and Science have received scholarships from the Salybia Mission Project of the Ross University School of medicine (RUSM), worth EC$9,000 each, which will cater to their tuition, books and uniform. (Full Article)

Caribs observe 103rd Anniversary
    The Chronicle, 21 July, 2006 - The Carib people are, this month, celebrating the 103rd Anniversary of the founding of the territory, established in 1903. Chief Charles Williams said, efforts are being made to have a network in place highlighting the significance of the event in the lives of the Kalinago people. Speaking to our North Correspondent, the Chief declared, Today we observe the 103rd Anniversary since the declaration of the then Carib Reserve; as we name it today, Kalinago people. It is believed that the Kalinago people have been living on the island for well over 3000 years BC, and today our brethren can be traced in every country in the Caribbean and for that reason we are proud of this reality, which we are all happy to celebrate.

    The Carib Council has drawn up an interesting programme to celebrate the event, described by Chief Williams as a bold move to heighten greater awareness among the people. Among the activities will be a visit by the Kalinago people of the territory to all the communities where Caribs still live. The aim, said Williams, is to foster and maintain the solid relationship that exists among the Kalinago people living in different parts of the island. So during the course of this month well be paying courtesy calls on our brothers and sisters in Petite Soufriere and surrounding hamlets: then to Petite Savanne, Fond St. Jean, Point Carib and Bagatelle, along to Vieille Case, Penville and Capuchin, where this exercise will end, said the Chief.

    The history of the Carib Territory and the way forward for its future development will be the subject of discussion at a symposium facilitated by local historian, Dr. Lennox Honychurch, later this month. Young people are particularly exhorted to attend this event.

Roseau, Dominica - February 17th 2006 - There is great anticipation and heightened interest in Dominica and the Carib Territory in particular, for the official opening of the Kalinago Barana Auté (Carib Cultural Village by the Sea) next week.

    Initially called the Carib Model Village, the project was first conceptualized over 20 years ago, but it was not until 1994 that the Freedom Party Government put it to the Caribbean Development Bank for funding. The total estimated cost of the project is in the region of EC$2.5 million. (See History by Dr. Lennox Honychorch)

    The Kalinago Barana Auté is built on 4.2 acres of land and boasts a number of structures, including an Administration and Interpretation Centre, a Craft Shop, Demonstration Buildings, a Snackette, and a Karbet. Situated close to the sea, the site has a waterfall and a river flowing through it with a series of trails running through it.
    The Kalinago Barana Auté honours the diversity, history and heritage of the Kalinago people by presenting their customs and cultural traditions and by providing an opportunity for visitors to experience, learn about and appreciate their way of life.

    The Project is expected to offer many opportunities and services to the Kalinago people. Some of these are:

  • Provide an opportunity for visitors and the people of Dominica to experience, learn about and appreciate the uniqueness of the Kalinago culture;
  • Develop programs so that the Village can host special events, education and community programs and facilitate research;
  • Provide ongoing economic benefits of heritage tourism to the Carib Territory by providing work, small business opportunities and the sale of crafts, traditional foods and herbs;
  • Reintroduce plants from the pre-Columbus era by developing a plant restoration program to restore the area with traditional trees, herbs, grasses, berries and traditional food plants.
    Since the 2000 General Elections, the Government of Dominica has placed the development of the Carib people high on its agenda. In September 2000, the Coalition Government led by Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Douglas, established a Department of Carib Affairs.
    In 2003, the Government of Prime Minister Hon. Pierre Charles formally endorsed the Carib People Development Plan.
    On May 12th 2005 history was created, when for the very first time, Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, named a Carib, Hon. Kelly Graneau, as the Minister for Carib Affairs.

    The official opening of the Kalinago Barana Auté next week is another manifestation of this Government's strategy of economic diversification, through the development of the tourism sector. The development of the Kalinago people of Dominica is an essential component of that strategy. (Ends)

Filmmaker Set for Film Debut in Dominica
    Just a few months after the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean II, Dominica is set for yet another movie but this time from a Dominican film maker. Fiona Riviere, who was born in Dominica and migrated to the Virgin Islands at the tender age of two, has chosen Dominica for her film debut "Tall is Her Body - Waitikubuli.”
    You can read an Interview with the editor of TheDominican Magazine, Dr. Thomson Fonraine.

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