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Kalinago Barana (Sea) Stories & Conservation Project

Online literature review and document collection


The question of whether there is a list or catalogue at the Ministry of Kalinago Upliftment or National Library of ALL publications on or about Kalinago culture and territory would need further research. The question of copyright benefits for books published either written by Kalinago children or from cultural research on the Kalinago Territory would need looking into.

Out of seven books that are readily found online related to Dominican Kalinago culture, history or fiction, none are published under a Kalinago author’s name.

Papillote Press (Dominica/UK) has published two books edited by Mary Walters:

  • Mary Walters, Yet We Survive: The Kalinago people of Dominica - Our Lives in Words and Pictures (2007) the copyright of which is unclear.
  • Mary Walters, The Snake King of the Kalinago (2010), for which copyright is listed as "Children of Atkinson School".

Dr Lennox Honychurch’s books on Dominica’s history include Kalinago history and culture but Peter Hulme (UK) two books focus on ‘Island Caribs’:

  • Peter Hulme, Remnants of Conquest: The Island Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998. (Oxford Press 2001)
  • Peter Hulme, Wild Majesty: Encounters With Caribs from Columbus to the Present Day: An Anthology (edited with anthropologist Neil Whitehead, Clarendon Press, 1992)


  • Of the six websites that have published content about the Kalinago people, culture and/or history, only one is an independent Kalinago-owned site and it is for a tourist development, the Kalinago Barana Autê (2010): (via Internet Archive)
  • Government or Dominican tourism-related sites provide the bulk of the information but much is outdated, still referring to the Kalinago Territory and people as ‘Caribs’ (Carib Territory In Dominica | The Kalinago People Of Dominica). Note: the Ministry of Kalinago Upliftment’s website is in development (2016):
  • Dr Lennox Honychurch’ documentation about traditional canoe building and historical information is published on several sites.
  • Information of the historical traditional Kalinago ‘Gli Gli’ canoe trip from Waitukubli to Guyana, is well documented (1997):
  • A subsequent traditional canoe launch and trip from Dominica to Guadeloupe is mentioned on Dominica Vibes: Kubulika kanawa sails to Guadeloupe (October 2, 2013) and CocoNews Guadeloupe: La traversée de Kubulika (September 24, 2013): (offline) (in French)

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