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.