Celebrating the First People of Dominica!

The Kalinago, the first people to inhabit Dominica, are rich in culture, heritage, and strength. They are a major source of the island’s heart and spirit and have played a crucial role in the recognition of Dominica as the Nature Island of the Caribbean.

Their unique story provides a deep dive into the resilience of the peoples of Dominica, showcasing a roadmap for sustainable development and climate resilience. Its preservation is, therefore, integral to the transmission of their ancestral knowledge.

Through visual story-telling, we call on the history, experiences, and adaptability of the Kalinago, in order to raise awareness of their legacy and contributions to Dominica’s past and future. Let us celebrate the Kalinago People!

This story is produced as part of the Strengthening Sustainable Livelihoods in the Kalinago Territory Project (SSLR), supported by the India-UN Partnership Development Fund and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Kalinago Council and the Government of Dominica through the Ministry of the Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 28, 2022

    If that’s in reference to what I conveyed, that proves you and I are not on the same planet.
    If in 21st century there are almost five hundred thousand, almost one half of a million of them documented alive, how can they be extinct?
    Why don’t you do some research before you accept “they say!”

  2. Al Williams
    September 24, 2022

    Good questions though all have been answered from your perspective. Give your ancestors a chance to talk to you. Read “They Came Before Columbus” by our great ancestor Ivan Van Sertima, after lots of years of impeccable research with documented data, linguistic, agricultural, proper breakdown of the facts. These books have been surpressed from us, however, we need to find them for our libraries. Either purchase or watch on YouTube free, lots, lots of videos by Dr. Van Sertima and others that shed documented light on this subject/issue

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 21, 2022

    You know, both the Carib Indians, now termed Kalinago, and the Arawak are indigenous to Dominica and the Caribbean in general.
    The Arawak are a group of indigenous people of northern South America and of the Caribbean.
    Specifically, the term “Arawak” has been applied at various times to the Lokono of South America and the Taíno, who historically lived in the Greater Antilles and northern Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. (Dominica and the rest of the Windward islands are in the Lesser Antilles).
    All these groups spoke related Arawakan languages; there are about 400,000 Arawak living in South America and the Caribbean. There are indeed people of Arawak decent still existing in the village of Penville, and Petite Savanne in Dominica.
    While the Caribs were fighters, the Arawak were calm, hence in the first era of colonization the British and Spanish enslaved the Arawak, hence their population quickly diminished.
    They still exist in Trinidad, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada.

    • Wesley Mayor
      September 25, 2022

      Thank you Mr. Google-Makak Etinne. As per usual copy and passed from your favourite website. Why don’t you spare us all your ‘Wisdom’. You just can’t help yourself. Now mash Rex, back into your flea infested shack!

  4. If we knew better
    September 21, 2022

    the Kalinago people have been treated like 3rd class citizens over the years. The rest of the world marvels at the fact that we still have pure indigenous people here but our own people could care less. There is billions of dollars available for indigenous people development but yet our government does not much to ensure the 1st people are treated like royalty. Because we are all on THEIR land. Waitukubuli is the original name for the corporation of the Commonwealth of Dominica. This name was Kalinago given. We need the Kalinago Chief to impress upon his non functioning Parl rep that more proposals to international donor and funding agencies need to be approached in order to develop the territory more.

  5. September 21, 2022

    What about the arawaks? Aren’t they people and didnt the caribe meet them there?

    • If we knew better
      September 21, 2022

      Arawaks occupied the greater antilles. what about them?

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 21, 2022

      Brian asks why are they called Caribs?

      That is a short for Caribbean Indian, these people are all over the entire Caribbean even in South America, Guyana!

      The entire Caribbean region belongs to the Caribbean Indian: now how they got there I don’t know, unlike Europe Black people from Africa walked from the Africa to Europe.
      The next question someone will asks; is well how come Europeans are white; debate that with God; however, part of it occurred via what is known as “mutation” and I am not getting into how mutation works!

      What about India, the people of India are also Indians, so that might be an indication before the catastrophic event which which created continents and islands people traveled the world on foot!
      Clue: what happen at the Tower of Babel when the Black man decide to build it to reach into heaven God confused their language, hence the split and ran from each other, he do we know from the Indian tribe some ran till they get to Dominica.
      Hahahahahahahahah!

    • Merlin
      September 22, 2022

      Arawaks? Haven’t you heard they were made extinct beginning from the 1st day Columbus set foot here with no food, boatloads of hungry men, gun powder and Honkey aka monkey pox?

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        September 28, 2022

        If that’s in reference to what I conveyed, that proves you and I are not on the same planet.
        If in 21st century there are almost five hundred thousand, almost one half of a million of them documented alive, how can they be extinct?
        Why don’t you do some research before you accept “they say!”

  6. Colin
    September 21, 2022

    The Kalinago were not the first people to inhabit Dominica. The first people to inhabit Dominica came around 3000 years before them. The Kalinago were the last people to inhabit Dominica before the Europeans arrived.

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    • If we knew better
      September 21, 2022

      Who were the first? what did they look like? what were they called?

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 21, 2022

      One cannot doubt your hypothesis; nevertheless, when you state that people came three (3,000) years prior to the Caribs, it would be interesting if only you would identify those who were in Dominica before the indigenous Carib and Arawak which coexisted prior to the arrival of any European, by name or tribe within the three thousand years you exclaimed.

      Mind you Jesus Christ came and left just a little over two thousand years ago! “Based on the evidence obtained from the radioactive dating of the isotopes in the meteorites, it is believed that the Earth formed about 4.54 ± 0.05 billion years ago by accretion from the solar nebula. Therefore, the age of the Earth is approximately one-third of the age of the universe.”
      Remember also there were no division of the earth Continent or island, until something catastrophic occurred, perhaps the flood spoken of in the Bible; with that said I wish you would detail those who were in Dominica prior to the indigenous as we know it!

      • Al Williams
        September 23, 2022

        Easy, give your ancestors a chance to talk to you. Read “They Came Before Columbus” by our great ancestor Ivan Van Sertima, after lots of years of impeccable research with documented data, linguistic, agricultural, proper breakdown of the facts. These books have been surpressed from us, however, we need to find them for our libraries. Either purchase or watch on YouTube free, lots, lots of videos by Dr. Van Sertima and others that shed documented light on this subject/issue.

    • Follow the Money
      September 22, 2022

      Yes, however you are united in your fight against a common stealer,, a thief of your lands. The recent display of billions of your collective stolen wealth at just a funeral should tell you what you’re both up against. Stay united.

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