'We intend to carve out this special arrangement for the Kalinago
(Carib) people,' he said.
Vincent with the goal of introducing their culture to a closely related Indigenous people, the Kalinago
, who have largely lost the language and customs of their ancestors.
Americas salutes this initiative by dedicating its June issue to the people of the Caribbean, who the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and current president of CARICOM, Ralph Gonsalves, describes as "the rhythm of Africa, the melody of Europe, the chords of Asia, and the songs of the Kalinago
and the Garifuna."
Arguing for an understanding of Caribbean religious and cultural traditions as part of a shared but contested history, these essays help to locate sites of rich and complex systems of folk belief beginning with the indigenous Taino and Kalinago
and combining the spiritual practices of Europeans, Africans, and Indians.
The island's Kalinago
Beach Resort, with 29-beachfront rooms, is set on picturesque Morne Rouge Bay.
Although it was on October 27, 1979 that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence from Britain--and immediately joined the OAS--one of its major distinctions include being the last established settler colony because of the protracted resistance by the aboriginal Kalinago
In this installation the eight communities--the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians (California), the urban Indian community of Chicago (Illinois), the Yakama Nation (Washington State), the Igloolik (Canada), the Kahnawake (Canada), the Saint-Laurent Metis (Canada), the Kalinago
(Carib Territory, Dominica), and the Pamunkey Tribe (Virginia) accentuate the hard but deliberate choices they have made that affect their identities, as individuals and communities, when challenged by often very harsh realities.
The next project of this kind calls for a fuller examination of other Caribbean healing traditions as practiced within Taino, Kalinago
, and other indigenous communities as well as within the Indo-Caribbean and Chinese-Caribbean communities.
Other delights on the eastern coast include the remarkable red rocks at Calibishie and the amazing culture of the native people at Kalinago
Chief Charles Williams has proposed a law requiring ethnic Kalinagos
to marry only each other for self-preservation.