Kalinago Barana Aute wins tourism award

Souvenir shop at Barana Aute

Kalinago Territory-based Barana Aute has copped the ‘Heritage Protection Award’ at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)-TravelMole Sustainable Tourism conference.

The award was announced during the closing ceremony of the conference on Wednesday evening in Guyana.

The aim  of the facility is to showcase and preserve the cultural heritage of the Kalinago people and according to its Manager Kevin Dangleben the award speaks volumes for the efforts being made so far.

“Kalinago Barana Aute is the only facility in the Caribbean that gives a truly Amerindian experience and the award shows that we are being recognized in Dominica and the region,” Dangleben told Dominica News Online.

He pointed out before the facility existed visitors simply drove through and were told they had visited the territory. “But since we came into existence five years ago visitors are being given a more structured package to interact with the people,” he noted.

He said the facility, in addition to preserving the heritage of the Kalinago people, is also an income generator. “We do not preserve for the sake of preservation only but we also generate revenue and as a matter of fact we are the main income generator in the community,” Dangleben said.

He noted additionally a Home Stay program has been initiated and discussions are underway, in collaboration with the Discover Dominica Authority, to have Kalinago craft items sold on visiting cruise ships and to have traditional accommodation at the facility itself.

He thanked the Discover Dominica Authority, the Ministry of Tourism, the workers at the facility and the community for making the award a reality and said it will go a long way because Kalinago Barana Aute will be given publicity in all CTO mediums.

Kalinago Barana Aute was able to beat its competitors to meet the following criteria:

– efforts to pass on cultural and intangible heritage traditions and skills to younger generations
– documentation and/or copyrighting of local heritage related materials
– innovative promotion of local heritage to locals and visitors
– sustainable financing of local heritage conservation
– engagement of local communities, public,  NGO and/or  private sector entities in preserving and promoting local heritage


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  1. January 11, 2013

    well done great job my people!!! :) :-D :-D :) :( :-D

  2. January 11, 2013

    great job my people keep it up :) :) :wink:

  3. debz
    July 25, 2012


  4. Snicky
    April 21, 2012

    WELL DONE MY PEOPLE!!!!!!! :

  5. M W-L
    April 20, 2012

    Thanks to the Ministry of Tourism. Great work!

  6. Vincia Auguiste
    April 20, 2012

    Congratulations to the Management and Staff of the Kalinago Barana Aute for winning the Heritage Protection Award. Well done!
    I am hopeful that this recognition will stimulate greater exposure for the village and serve as a platform for exploring other opportunities.

  7. April 20, 2012

    Wow, am so proud of my people, keep up the good work and congratulations!

  8. Me
    April 19, 2012

    Kalinago rocking this year; they winning everything.

    Way to go…congrats

  9. April 19, 2012

    i am a grade 5 child and i am so happy :-D

  10. Kalinago
    April 19, 2012

    8) Congratulations.. I’m very happy :-o that the Kalinago 8) won! :lol: :-D

  11. Original Eagle-Eye
    April 19, 2012

    Congratulations.. I’m very happy that the Kalinago won!

  12. Phenomenal Woman
    April 19, 2012

    Im happy that this was awarded to the Kalinago people…..but why was one of them able to receive the award themself. I heard Lolita Raffould received it on their behalf…at least she could have been acccompanied bu one of the indigenous people.

    • Interested
      April 19, 2012

      True. I agree that out of respect, a representative of the Kalinago People should have been present.

    • Yeah
      April 19, 2012

      My sentiments as well!!! Dangleben should have been there to collect the award…

      • REX
        April 19, 2012

        I agree!!!
        Danglez is more than competent to represent at this level!!

  13. wanna know
    April 19, 2012

    oh yes it is,it doesnt matter what race they are we all are dominicans…so lets just congratulate them…

  14. Pedro
    April 19, 2012

    Fabulous news! I am so proud!

  15. hmm
    April 19, 2012


    • teacher
      April 19, 2012

      INDEED!congrats to the people of the Kalinago territory

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