Carib Chief Garnet Joseph is to be the recipient of the Gold Drum Award for preservation of the Kalinago culture.
Joseph, along with four other individuals, will receive his award at the Old Mill Cultural Center next week Wednesday.
“I feel quite honoured. I am happy that I can be remembered for some of the things that I did and it’s also heartening. Sometimes people are involved in cultural and community development and are hardly recognized. In most cases people like me are criticized and maligned,” he said.
Joseph says the award comes at a time when there is a struggle to preserve the culture of the indigenous people.
“The work will never stop. We also have to push for new initiatives to continue to fight. We are seeing all kinds of deterioration of the Kalinago culture. We need to put things in place to ensure that the history is taught in schools and forms part of the curriculum,” he said.
He said the task is a heavy one but “as Kalinago people, we need to do what we can to save our culture. We need to see Kalinago in a different light”.
Abilities Unlimited will receive an award for Craft production and development, Marie Davis Pierre for the promotion of vocal music, Gregory Rabess for the preservation of traditional culture and the New Dimension Theatre for theatre development.
The eight special awards will be presented to Chester “Daddy Chess” Letang for the promotion of calypso, Nelly Stharre for the promotion of popular music, Ras “Bobby” Olivache for herbal medicine, Damien Bellot for graphic arts, Pricilla Darroux for traditional arts, Dorelle Diole’ for creative dance and Miranda and Gerald Langlaise for the promotion and preservation of our culture.