Exhibition of ancient indigenous artifacts launched for 120th Kalinago celebrations


Former Kalinago Chief, Irvince Auguiste

As part of the 120th Anniversary of the Kalinago Territory, ex-chief, Mr. Irvince Auguiste took the initiative to put on display some indigenous artifacts which were discovered by Archaeologists throughout the Caribbean islands.

Mr. Auguiste said “This initiative began over six years ago when I found out that Leiden University was interested in Indigenous civilization throughout the Caribbean. I contacted them and asked whether the University could send some archaeologists to Dominica to do some work here too”.

When samples of the artifacts collected were tested, a common trait was found in all the samples which . This means the same race of people has been occupying these lands for a very long time. The Archaeologists conducted a number of interviews with people from different ethnic backgrounds. This hard and tedious work results in this exhibition which is on display at the school.

Addressing the gathering, Kalinago chief, Mr. Sanford, reminded the audience that these artifacts found around the Caribbean are concrete evidence of their rich history and the connection of their ancestors as they once lived in the Caribbean. Interestingly, in Dominica, there are over 150 sites that speak of the Kalinago existence and resilience.

The discovery of these artifacts by Archaeologists brings a higher level of education to different indigenous groups in the Caribbean and most of all to the Kalinagos in Dominica. It shows the mobility and trade that took place among different indigenous groups. This exhibition demonstrates how the Kalinagos survived over the years and how their civilization was built.

Hon. Cozier Frederick reiterated that this is the second time an exhibition is being staged in Salybia. The first one was in 2019 but this time it has a deeper meaning because it is taking place during the 120th Anniversary of the Territory.


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  1. If we knew better
    July 27, 2023

    the second picture below says dominican republic under the artifact.

    • July 28, 2023

      Cannot see what you are talking about Dominican republic.

  2. En Ba La
    July 26, 2023

    This is aon interesting about the age of these artifacts this would be interesting also.
    There are it’s that can be loaned to museums
    Care needs to be taken of these.

    • Let's Face It
      July 28, 2023

      Not sure if it’s carbon dating but it says 12 – 1500 AD. Kalinago and African civilizations on these islands were already old. You don’t want to loan such artifacts to museums except local. Their track record is that they have harbored millions of art pieces STOLEN by european enslavers from indigenous people, particularly from Africans, and refuse to return them, some slowly only today with pressure from you.
      At that time frame, Europeans had just invented guns and ravaging the earth’s surface for whatever was in short supply in Europe; gold, diamonds, people (they lost half of their population in the 500yrs wars & plagues). That’s why we are here today, with these little bit of artifacts.
      Big Up Kalinagos!

      • Matt
        July 29, 2023

        Truth to be told these are important finds. Can you believe or imagine little Europe ghettos by France and Spain standards, such as Switzerland just returned some billion$ stolen African arts, still kept numerous amounts? Euro-ghetto Belgium is yet to return the peoples’ property after slaughtering 10 million people of the Congo whose arms and legs they also chopped off, including masses of children. Today, they’re undertaking population control on the same continent and we are not outraged, because we are busy with our low paying job?

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