A delegation of officials from the Naguakebana indigenous community of Humacao, Puerto Rico is expected in Dominica to initiate an exchange program with the island’s Kalinago people.
The delegation will be on island from June 30th to July 1st in order to meet with relevant government officials and pertinent Kalinago leaders in order to set the stage for the initiation of the cultural and linguistic immersion exchange program between the two indigenous peoples.
It include Humacao administrator Luis Roberto Santiago and Dr. Caralynne Melendez from the office of the community and indigenous affairs, founder and President of the Liga Guakia Taino Ke and the Administrator of the Naguakebana community.
The Carib tribal queen of Trinidad and Tobago, based in Florida, Catherine Ramirez, has been an invited guest.
“Through this cultural exchange the Kalinago will have the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico to learn about the language culture, history, dance and art since we aim to regain these lost aspects of our own ethnicity,” main organizer of the program, Kalinago Indigenous Nation Developers (KIND), said in a release.
Members of the Naguakebana will also visit Dominica in exchange.
The program will also include a tourism development plan and opportunities for specialized health care services and education.
During their stay in Dominica the delegation will participate in events scheduled for the 111th anniversary of the establishment of the Kalinago Territory.
The main highlight of the anniversary celebration will be a grand tradition and culture parade on July 4th from 4:00 pm.
It will showcase various aspects of the Kalinago’s indigenous culture, such as native Kalinago wear.
The Parade will commence at the Salybia bus stop and will journey unto the Karina cultural village where an official ceremony will be held.
The night will end with cultural performances and live band entertainment.
The anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Kalinago Territory is sponsored by Seaborne Airline and the Government of Dominica but organizers say more sponsorship is needed.