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Kalinago Barana (Sea) Stories & Conservation Project

Storytelling Workshop

Day Two, April 7th, 2021, Salybia Primary School

Photo courtesy Karina Cultural Group © 2021.

Included a discussion of the present day Kalinago connection/respect for nature and why environmental awareness and practice is important.

Some activities identified by the youth, that they practise are:

  • Planting (trees)
  • Recycling bottles
  • Using local produce and foods which are mostly natural
  • Using herbal medicine and spices
  • More backyard gardening

Environmental projects in the Kalinago Territory noted:

  • The Ministry of Environment's beautification project that included planting flowers
  • Senator Annette Sanford’s Backyard Gardening project
  • The distribution of seedlings from the Ministry of Agriculture

And the youth began to develop their creative ideas with the help of the facilitators and with Mr Langlais’ support of providing Kalinago words. The peer review forms were not used since they were working in groups. The group of boys chose to create a skit from Mr Langlais’ personal sea story, his funny journey to Marie Galante with a live donkey which became “The Sea Donkey”.

This sea experience demonstrates the continued important relationship between the Kalinago People and Territory, as suppliers of fresh produce and even live meat, with the neighboring island of Marie Galante. It is the story of a funny and excruciating journey of Mr Langlais, as a young man wanting to see further shores, in a very small boat that is overloaded with produce and a live donkey lying on its back. Not only do they supply live meat but in the end of the story the donkey makes the residents of Marie Galante think they have spirits - because they had never heard a donkey bray.

Oonya Kempadoo © 2021 FDL