Dominica’s Kalinago People to Celebrate Indigenous Culture

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The rich culture and heritage of the Kalinagos will be on display from July 3rd to 5th, 2015, TeleSur reports.

The indigenous people of Dominica are proud of their history and are preparing to portray the culture, color and traditions that make them unique.

They will host the first ever Kalinago Indigenous Festival, which will include an art and craft exhibition, an agriculture exposition, a traditional sports day and canoe race and a grand ceremony to honor Kalinago elders.

It is a historic activity for the people who recently celebrated an official name change from “Carib” Indians to Kalinago. Numerous Kalinago chiefs had argued that the term “Carib” was derogatory as it referred to the indigenous people as cannibals. The inaugural indigenous festival will signal the first major event by the people since Dominica’s parliament officially enacted the name.

The festival is endorsed by the country’s Ministry of Tourism and the Kalinago people are hoping…

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