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Kalinago Barana (Sea) Stories & Conservation Project

Storytelling Workshop

Day One, April 6th, 2021, Salybia Primary School

The workshop began with an Opening Ceremony that was attended by some members of the community and: the Honorable Minister Frederick Cozier, Chief Lorenzo Sanford, Cultural Officer Prosper Paris and past Kalinago Chief, Mr Irvince Auguiste was Master of Ceremonies. Mrs Miranda Langlais led the Kalinago National Anthem and Mr Gerard Langlais blessed the proceedings with a traditional blessing.

Photo courtesy Karina Cultural Group © 2021.

Included a presentation of the Naniki story project by Oonya Kempadoo and a Kalinago Futures discussion, led by Kevin Dangleben. This revealed the youths desire for:

  1. Better relationship with leaders
  2. Better paying jobs
  3. Better or comfortable homes
  4. Good leaders
  5. More cultural practices:
        a. canoe building
        b. food preparation
        c. basketry
        d. rituals
  6. To see the community like a town
  7. People united
  8. Less violence

How they see the community now:

  1. Too much grudging
  2. Misuse of money
  3. Alcoholism
  4. Drug addict
  5. Vandalism
  6. Non-communicable diseases
  7. Less cultural practices

The youth worked in small groups to review the recorded interviews and notes (provided), to discuss and decide what they reinterpret the traditional knowledge as. The college student youths were asked to create a PowerPoint summary of the research to communicate the findings to the community, but some also chose to produce creative pieces of their own.

Oonya Kempadoo © 2021 FDL