Re-visit Part 1 @ http://www.trailspots.com/2016/02/blue-heron-take-two-st-vincent-and.html
Re-visit Part 2 @ http://www.trailspots.com/2016/02/the-water-wheel-take-four-st-vincent.html
It's Independence Day here in SVG and I so love to see the national unity and flags flying and those crazy Biker Boyz from all the islands celebrating with us.
But I don't see that people here realize that all our money still has the Queen on it, so we are dependent on the Central Bank. We import everything we eat and pay our Vinlec surcharge with a whimper, totally dependent on outside resources. They didn't listen to Sir James when he tried to promote 'Back to the Land' in the 70's and now the nation is almost totally dependent on outside sources for our food.
No, I shall celebrate the Garifuna people today, as the last of the true independents, with Joseph Chatoyer as paramount leader.
The illustration is my humble attempt to show the Kalinago of Yurumein . It is a water-color and ink interpretation, on 300 lb w/c paper. The history of these natives of St.Vincent is most fascinating. Dr. Earle Kirby and others feel that the African influence began as early as the 13th century, from Mali.
It forms part of a series on the British colonization of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I wish to bring to light the history of this island they call Yurumein; 'the homeland'.
|'Kalinago Warrior' by Robert Scott-Buccleuch|
Some historical context ...
Aspects of Carib/Kalinago Culture (an excerpt):
Carib was a name used by Europeans to describe those people who inhabited the islands of the Lesser Antilles at the time of Columbus' second voyage in 1493. This was not what the people called themselves. The repeated use of the name for over five centuries however, has made it widely adopted even by the descendants of the people themselves. The French missionary Raymond Breton, visiting Dominica in 1642, recorded that the "Caribs'" name for themselves was Callinago in the "men's language" and Calliponam in the "women's language", while Callínemeti was "a good peaceful man". This has now led to the adoption of the word Kalinago and Karifuna by cultural groups, anthropologists and historians to describe the Caribs. The "Black Caribs" of Belize, who are descended from ancestors in St. Vincent, call themselves the "Garifuna".Kalinago: The Carib word for the Carib people. As Father Breton, who lived among the Kalinago in Dominica off and on between 1642 and 1653 says in his dictionary: "This is the real name of the Caribs of the islands." He wrote it as "Callinago", but the usual phonetic writing today is "Kalinago". "Kalinemeti" means "A good, peaceful man".