Tourism

An insertion toward present day self-determination has allowed for the development of local initiatives. These include the Kalinago model village, envisioned by a past Ouboutou, known as the Kalinago Barana Aute, and affectionately called the K.B.A.

Isulukati Waterfall

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Isulukati Waterfall located at Kalinago Barana Aute

Additionally, there has been the development of a legendary mythical historical site, the L’Escalier Tete Chien as part of the “Must See” in the Territory.

L-Escalier Tete Chien from mythical site

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L-Escalier Tete Chien from mythical site

Within the Concord Valley there has also been the establishment of the Touna Kalinago Heritage Village which provides a living experience of present Kalinago life. Named after the Kalinago name for water, the establishment operates along the banks of the Pagua River and guards the western border of the Territory.  At Touna, the people continue the old-fashioned hospitality of the ancestors by opening their hearts and homes to visitors.

Touna Kalinago Heritage Village offers a great opportunity for visitors to appreciate the simple pleasures of the Kalinago people and feel part of an indigenous community.

The Carib Territory Guest House stands as the oldest conventional establishment providing accommodation in the community. It is located in the hamlet of Crayfish River and is owned and managed by Ouboutou Charles Williams.

The Bionics guest House also provides visitors with affordable short to long term stay within the community. Along with this establishment is the Breezes Cottage in the hamlet of St. Cyr which provides studio styled accommodation.

There is also the establishment of Aywasi Kalinago Retreat which consists of eco-cottages built under phase one of the project, and is located along Segment 6 of the Wai’tukubuli National Trail, and borders the Kalinago Barana Aute, on the rugged, windswept Atlantic coastline.

There is also a number of homestay accommodations which a generally built out of local hardwoods following tradition Kalinago designs and concepts. These include Regina and Robinson’s places in the hamlet of St. Cyr

These facilities are expected to portray the rich heritage of the community while allowing for the development of a sound economic impetus for the fostering of communal ownership to the human and natural resources of the area.

Established within prime real estate encapsulating sea views along with river access and basic amenities, they provide the visitor with a magnified understanding of the nature of the community.

Along with these, a segment of the national trail, encompassing the routes utilized by the Kalinago followed by the maroon African slave in their resistance against colonialism, traverses the community emphasizing numerous scenic and cultural sites.

Figure 11 Wai’tukubuli National Trail

These sites include the 1930 “Kalinago War” memorial, the Salybia Roman Catholic church and the legendary ‘Centipede Trail’.

Additionally, the continued efforts of cultural groups like Karifuna and Karina along with a few master canoe builders, basket weavers and cassava bakers must be applauded in assisting to preserve trappings of Kalinago traditions lending to re-education of the Wai’tukubulian society and the larger Global village.

These proclaimed aspects of Kalinago culture have been continuously harnessed as a tourist product by local and central government and have allowed for the development of a few non-governmental organizations like ‘WAIKADA’ and the ‘Kalinago Heritage Society Inc.’ established as alternatives with Kalinago endowed initiatives.