Sunday, April 20, 2014



1) On the Historicity of Carib Migrations in the Lesser Antilles
Louis Allaire
American Antiquity, Vol. 45, No. 2 (Apr., 1980), pp. 238-245
Article DOI: 10.2307/279283
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Kalinago Cultural Survival

The Kalinago Carib Dominica had major success in cultural survival. This is because of the Kalinago's resistance to the European colonization of the Caribbean Islands. It helped them preserve their heritage and cultural beliefs instead of getting modernized by the Spaniards and the Europeans. The Caribs would do everything in their power to prevent themselves from getting modernized in any way possible. They worked hard to keep their beliefs and cultural selves in tack. Nothing could stand in their way from keeping their sense of selves preserved for every generation to come.

Kalinago Interview

I could not retrieve an interview. I emailed several places and called a couple times no one would return an email or phone call. I am sorry to disappoint.

Kalinago Migrations and Diaspora

The Kalinago did not have any migrations or diaspora at all. This is primarily because every time someone or a group of people tried to conquer their land the Caribs slaughtered and took people captive. No one not even the Spaniards were about to conquer them let alone have them moved off their homeland. The Caribs are very violent people that didn't care they hurt in the process as long as they were not hurt or moved. Essentially you could compare them to a pack of wolves. This is because they live in a pack and if there is disturbance within their pack they have no problem killing people off.

"Another report lends further support to the idea of warlike tendencies among these early Caribs. When the Spaniards landed on the island of Guadeloupe, they were told that the small nearby island of Montserrat had been recently depopulated by the Caribs (Chance, in Salas and Vasques 1964) (Louis Allaire).

Kalinago and their Neighbors

The Caribs neighbors are the Tanio. 
The word "Taino" means "good" or "noble" by the Spaniards.They fought with the Spaniards & Christopher Columbus. As a result from the the they were made into slaves by the Spanish. The few that still exist keep to themselves and don’t really bother with the Kalinago or anyone else. They are a quiet group that does not want anymore confrontation then they already had.

Birds of the Kalinago Caribs of the Dominica

The Dominica land is abundant of animal life. Among the animals that inhabitant the land there are over 160 recorded bird species including the endangered Imperial and Red-Necked parrots, which are more commonly referred to as the Sisserou and Jacquo parrots. (BELOW) Among other animal sightseeings the tourists love going to the Dominica to go birdwatching to be amused by all the exotic birds and are rear, colorful, and majestic creatures that most people have never seen and might never get the chance to see again.

Kalinago Cosmos

The Kalinago Caribs have a few myths in their culture. Among the myths the most popular are the story of The Spirit of the Rock and the story of Maruka and Cimanari. The story of Maruka and Cimanari goes as follows: At one point in time there lived the Salybia two brothers. There names were Maruka and Cimanari, they were famous for the charms they made. "They would go up to the house of the Tete Chien to find the master Tete Chien- the same who when the earth was soft, made the stairway of the Tete Chien at Sineku (" Tete Chien was giant and had a crest of diamond on his head, and crowed just like a cock. However, when they found him, they would take powdered tobacco and burn it before him on the blade of a paddle. Then after that the tete chien would vomit, and all that he vomited was " l'envers caraibe". After that the snake would disappear gradually, and in his place came a young man "sans cullote" (naked). The young man said nothing about he being the Tete Chien, but asked Maruka and Cimanari what they wanted, and when they told him, he instructed them how to use the envers caraibe to make their charms. Maruka an Cimanari did not die in Salybia. When they felt old age approaching, they went away to the other country. When they reached the shores of the Orinoco River, they plunged into the stream, and when they came out on the opposite banks, they became two young lads again, and on the water where they had been floated two turtle shells. They never came back to Dominica, and at last one them died; but the other is still living there.

The Spirit of the Rock story goes like this: "On the extremity of a narrow ridge opposite and beyond Bataka is perched a huge rock, itself some 60 feet in height, the overlooks the valley of Pagua, the ocean and the Reserve. It is composed of a blackish, crumbling rock and on its summit and from its precipitous sides grows vines and plants, a stunted scrub, and a kind of wild orchid. It is known as La Roche Pagua, and it's the home of a benevolent spirit about whom many tales are told. The people of Bataka used to go up the Pagua rock in search of charms. There are steps leading to the base of the rock, and, on its top, a crack that goes through the inside. That is where the Zombie lives, but if ever you see him it means someone is going to die soon. On top of the rock there grew all manner of charms, but in particular you may sometimes find there a white flower with so sweet a smell that people passing on the highway at the foot of the cliff may easily perceive it. When it is flowering, a new blossom comes on every hour of the day and every hour another fades and falls. If you are lucky enough to find one of these flowers, you may command with it whoever you wish to. You only have to rub on the palm of your hand then raise your hand in the direction of a person and call their name. However far they may be, they will have to obey and come to you. If you go in quest of the flower, it is wise to take with you a white cock, or at least some powdered tobacco, as a gift to the spirit of the rock ("