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.