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Kalinago Territory, Dominica

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The Kalinago are the indigenous people of Dominica, formerly known as the Caribs. Dominica’s first people, the Kalinago, have lived in this land for many thousands of years. As the last defenders of the resistance against the European colonization of the islands, about 400 hundred Kalinagos succeeded the struggle by the late 1600’s. Presently approximately 3,000 Kalinagos live in a collectively owned 3,700 acre territory (about 15 km2), spread over eight hamlets, on the north-eastern coast of Dominica. Together, these villages are called the Kalinago Territority.

The Carib Reserve was formally established in 1903, within the Saint David Parish, from 1978 under the name Carib Territory with Carib Council and Chief as a local government. In 2015 the name was officially changed into Kalinago Territory.
Valentin Poposki, 22 October 2019

Kalinago Barana Aute

[Caribe Canoa Project] image by Ivan Sache, 23 October 2019

Kalinago Barana Aute is a heritage facility in Dominica dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of the indigenous people, contributing to their socio-economic development, and contributing to the restoration and building of pride among the Kalinago people. The organisation spearheads cultural and community based tourism related activities and works closely with several schools and colleges in this regard.
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The much talked about and long awaited KALINAGO BARANA AUTE ( Kalinago Cultural Village by the sea) officially began operation on April 3 rd, 2006.

The KALINAGO BARANA AUTE is the brainchild of former Kalinago chief Mr.Faustulus Frederick and is located in Crayfish River, about half an hour’s drive from the Melville Hall Airport and 1.5 hour’s drive from Dominica’s capital, Roseau. The facility in itself projects a pre-Columbian Amerindian community in Dominica and currently occupies just less than two (2) acres of land. Several traditionally built structures including the majestic Karbet, mouinas and ajoupas are prominent features of the facility which were all meticulously fitted amidst the rich vegetation of the Atlantic coast.

This unique Caribbean facility is intended to contribute in several ways to the socio-economic development of the Kalinago people of Dominica. Firstly, it is expected that the facility will provide both direct and indirect economic gains to the residents of the community. These include employment opportunities as well as a ready market for the authentic Kalinago art and craft which will only be sold at the facility, agricultural produce and other services normally required by the hospitality industry.

An appreciation and greater awareness of the Kalinago culture is another major expected benefit of the facility. Already, nationals as well as non-nationals are showering much praises to those who had the idea, developed the concept and implemented the vision of such a unique tourist facility. As a result of this, one can expect much more attention to be devoted not only to the architectural styles of the Kalinago people, but also to the food, music, art and craft, history, beliefs, legends and the list goes on.

Severely damaged in September 2017 by hurricane Maria, the village was re-opened on 31 January 2018 after restoration.

The logo features the emblematic building of the village, a karbet / karbé. This is a traditional Amerindian collective shelter built of wood without walls, usually equipped with hammocks.
Ivan Sache, 23 October 2019

111th Anniversary flag

[Caribe Canoa Project] image located by Valentin Poposki, 20 February 2020

Here is 111th Anniversary flag of Kalinago Territory. The former Carib Reserve (now Kalinago Territory) was proclaimed in 1903. In 2014 the Territory celebrated its 111th Anniversary.
Valentin Poposki, 20 February 2020