Bouton, who assesses the dismal prospects for conversion of African slaves in six pages, devotes two entire chapters to the Carib Indians
. Even the compassionate Father Du Tertre discusses the Caribs, their lifeways and potential for conversion for some seventy pages while his eight page chapter on "Slaves--As much Moorish as Savage" forms only a brief aside in his 480-page book.
Also planned were a World Creole Music Festival and a Heritage Day, to celebrate the tiny island's culture that draws its diversity from the descendants of African slaves, European and Middle Eastern settlers and the Eastern Caribbean's only surviving population of indigenous Carib Indians
. Dominica (population: 70,000) won independence in 1978, one of the last English-speaking colonies in the region to be devolved from British power.
Native Carib Indians
believed that certain trees and tree species were the homes of spirits.
Lucia that controlled a key water passage between the Atlantic and the Caribbean; Dominica's sole surviving village of Carib Indians
; and even St.
Arbara Flores, a professor of theology and a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Belize, gives a fascinating and detailed glimpse into the spiritual worldview of the Garifuna people of Belize, descendants of West African slaves and Carib Indians
. Flores concludes that their rituals are an anti-colonial mechanism, and have enabled the Garifuna to maintain their cultural autonomy.
Originally an Arawak word forming part of the common lexicon of the Taino and Carib Indians
soon after the Spanish Conquest, the term savannah first acquired scientific meaning when it was used by late nineteenth-century German biogeographers such as August Grisebach and Oskar Drude.