History & Culture

History

Cabrits National Park
Cabrits National Park

Cabrits National Park is located on a peninsula on the north end of the island just beyond the town of Portsmouth.

Established in 1986, Cabrits National Park occupies 1,313 acres and protects tropical forests, coral reefs and wetlands. The park is nestled between a pair of low-rising peaks, extinct volcanoes, creating a spectacular view of the beaches below.

Old Market
Old Market

Next to the dock where cruise ships arrive, this busy market in a cobblestone plaza is frequented by locals as well as transient passengers snapping photos and perusing the wooden stalls filled with tropical fruits, spices, coffee, leather goods, woven baskets, and various trinkets. 

The Dominica Museum
The Dominica Museum

Dominica Museum is a great place to see and learn about Dominica's history and culture where Dominica art is on display at the only museum in Dominica also called the Dominica Museum. The Dominica Museum the only museum in Dominica opened in 1995 with the help of local historian Dr. Lennox Honychurch.

The Dominica Museum is located on the Bay Front in Roseau. The Dominica Museum is housed in a building of historical importance to Dominica. The museum in Dominica tells the story of this island nation and the people which inhabits the island. The museum is the place that shows Dominica Art and Culture in its truest form.

The museum exhibits important part of the lives of the island's natives, the Caribs through their art. Although a good part of their legacy has been erased the Dominica museum was able to document their way of life. The museum of Dominica is small but rich in content and documentation. The life of the Europeans who settled the island is also well documented at the Dominica museum. The island's politics and government leaders are recorded at the museum of Dominica.

Fusion Village Restaurant treats guests to fine cutlery and breathtaking ambiance. In spite of being in the center of Roseau, Fusion Village is the perfect escape.

Morne Bruce
Morne Bruce

The main reason to venture up here is for the panoramic vista of Roseau. Pick up either the short but strenuous half-mile Jack's Walk trail starting behind the aviaries in the Botanic Gardens, or drive up the steep road off Bath Rd.

People & Culture

Dominica is a vibrant tapestry of European and African cultures, with the Caribbean's only remaining population of pre-Columbian Carib Indians. Properly known as the Kalinago, Dominica's indigenous people inhabit a 3,700-acre territory or reserve on the eastern coast of the island. Migrating in waves from South America from as early as the 3,000 B.C., various tribes made Dominica their home and by 1,000 A.D. were well-settled, calling the island "Waitukubuli," meaning 'tall is her body' in the Kalinago language.


Despite fiercely resisting European colonization for centuries, the Kalinagos eventually succumbed to the disease, greed, and tyranny unleashed by the Spanish, English, and French colonizing forces. Their grip on the island slowly slipped away with each major European offensive. In 1903, the British Administrator at the time, Hesketh Bell, agreed to allocate 3,700 acres to the Caribs, and also officially recognized the Carib Chief with ceremonial adornments and a financial allowance.


Today, approximately 2,145 Kalinago inhabit this enclave now known as the Kalinago Territory. Visitors should shred any delusion of finding a primitive people in grass skirts practicing ancient rituals. There is little to differentiate them from the rest of the population. It is, however, still possible to acquire a glimpse of their ancestral roots, especially from their craft, canoe building, and physical attributes. Certainly, it is common to find outbuildings in original tribal design, teeming with traditional cultural activity.


Kalinago Barana Aute
Kalinago Barana Aute

This re-created traditional village on the Crayfish River near the Isukulati Falls is a good spot to get an overview of Kalinago history and culture. The 30- to 45-minute tour leads to various huts where locals demonstrate the crafts of basket-weaving, canoe-making and cassava-baking. An architectural highlight is the huge Karbet (men's house) where dances and cultural presentations take place. En route you get to enjoy awesome views of the falls and the crashing waves.

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