The second edition of the Heritage of the Kalinago People magazine has been launched as part of the activities to mark DOMFESTA 2017.
DOMFESTA is an annual festival hosted by the Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council and is held in May with a focus on the contemporary arts.
It comprises of events organized by various cultural associations and institutions as well as those organized by the Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council.
The second edition of the magazine was launched at the Old Mill Cultural Center in Canefield on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at the Old Mill Cultural Center in Canefield.
Vol. 2 covers various aspects of Kalinago heritage including architecture, language, cuisine, carnival and education.
Minister for Kalinago Affairs, Cassius Darroux highlighted the importance of the magazine as it recognizes the importance of the Kalinago heritage and that through the official release of the magazine, “we are paying tribute and saluting the heritage of the Kalinago people”.
He added that over the past years, the Kalinago people have made an important and significant contribution to Dominica’s culture and heritage.
Darroux stated that the knowledge and traditions of the Kalinago people form an important element of the Dominican culture, not only here, but also in the wider Caribbean.
“This magazine documents aspects of the rich cultural heritage which were not published in previous volumes. I believe that there are other significant aspects of the Kalinago culture yet to be documented, such as survival skills, traits, withstanding the elements, and understanding and preserving Mother Nature,” he said.
He then challenged local historians to rewrite the true history of the indigenous people.
“The renaming from Carib to Kalinago represents a significant stride in re-presenting the true identity of the indigenous people, and the commencement of the retelling of the Kalinago history. I therefore challenge the local historians to start focusing on and rewriting of the original people’s history,” he further stated.
During the ceremony, copies of the magazine was presented to Minster for Kalinago Affairs, Casius Darroux; Ministry for Culture (representative); Ministry for Education (representative); Kalinago Council; Gerald Langlais – contributing author; Miranda Langlais – contributing author; Prosper Paris – contributing author; Principal of Salybia Primary School; Principal of Sineku Primary School; Principal of Concord Primary School; Mrs. Charlene White- Christian; and representatives of the media.
Copies will be later presented to schools and libraries of the Kalinago Territory.