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Carib Indians

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Carib Indians

Hello, we are interested in taking a tour to the Carib Indians. Has anyone done this tour? If so, were you visiting the people and how they live or was it done as a representation of how they use to live?

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1. Re: Carib Indians

Hi there,

It's similar to visiting a native-American reserve in the USA or an aboriginal exhibition in Oz or a Maori one in kiwicountry. Yes, it's a bit 'romanticised' with old traditions and old-style houses without all modcons, which of course is not how they currently live. But also yes, it's quite a vivid insight in the specific culture and reasons why certain still present habits started to come. And has an exhibition with all kinds of historic pics. So we liked it for an hour or so...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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The Carib Indians were the first inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands.Dominica is fortunate to have them still existing in the Carib Territory. To date you won't find them living in their traditional homes and wearing the waiku as its called.However they still swear the waiku during performances.I Have done this tour privately and as a group.Have observed how they use to live before and what they presently do for a living.The tour included basket making demonstration, casava and farine making,visited a farmer sampled fruits and a hike of the village.If you are doing it privately don't just drive through but stop at the Kalinago Barana Aute which means the Carib village by the sea.There you will get a tour guide to give you a short tour of the village giving you all the information about the history and life of these people.There is a bar where you can have lunch.Then you may want to take a bath under a small waterfall the Isulakati waterfall and then relax in one of the hammocks by the river and enjoy the cool breez.It was fun i enjoyed it.

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The tour that both the previous posts are referring to takes place at the Kalinago Barana Aute. You can show up there without any advance booking and pay for the tour, which I believe is around $10 US per person. The main thing you get is the opportunity to actually speak to someone from the Kalinago nation, but we felt just as importantly that by signing up for the tour, we giving money to them directly, as they have been an oppressed and economically poor culture for a long time. "Romanticised" is definitely one way to describe the actual tour, but I would say "cliched" would be another good word to describe it.

If you drive through the Carib territory, and stop either to buy a snack or some of their artwork, this is another way to run into and talk with Kalinago people.

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