At the time of Spanish contact, the Kalinago were one of the dominant groups in the Caribbean, which owes its name to them. They lived throughout the Windward Islands, Dominica, and possibly the southern Leeward Islands It is suggested that a smaller group of mainland Kalinago conquered the islands without displacing their inhabitants, eventually adopting the local language but retaining their traditions of a South American origin.
This indigenous tribe, along with several others who inhabited the Americas, is believed to have originally migrated across the Bering Strait when the level of the oceans decreased, forming a bridge between Alaska and Siberia.
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The Kalinago — Carib Indians has had a history of their consistent pursuits of the Arawak Indians, a tribe identified by its dark brown skin color and docile nature. Brutal settlement raids, the killing of men folk and theft of wives bring excitement to the several tales that form part of the history of the Carib Indians, who also were often referred to as cannibals, as one of their traditional practices included tying the The kalinagos of their enemies onto the bows of their canoes as trophies of The kalinagos.
Although the Caribs were said to be of greater stature than the Arawaks, they were an equally beautiful, graceful, smiling and well-shaped people with long straight black hair. Often times, the men wore a headdress of feathers with ornaments through their lips and necklaces of coral and bone, while the women wore tightly woven bands around each leg.
Unlike the Arawaks, the The kalinagos Kalinago lived in thatched roof rectangular houses.
Magic was used, and generally the Boyez were little more than sorcerers. The Carib Chief in Dominica usually became head man by right of birth, but sometimes a chief might be chosen for being an outstanding warrior.
Their judicial system was very simple; those who were wronged righted their wrongs by taking revenge on the law breaker. Though the Caribs in Dominica were bred for war they practiced agriculture and lived on provisions such as cassava, yam, sweet potatoes and fried fish and fruit.
They also grew crops of tobacco and spun and wove cotton. With the entire islands to themselves, the Caribs of Dominica were free to plant crops wherever the pleased and made their gardens some distance away from their settlements.
The men burned the trees and cleared the land while the women planted. The ground was broken with a pointed stick and dug with implements of stone and shell. Hunting was done with bow and arrow as a sport as well as a necessity. For this, non-poisonous arrows made from roseau reed and tipped with sharp wooden heads were used.
For war, arrowheads of sharp fish bone with the tips smeared with poison from the manchineel tree were used. Sometimes, the Dominica Caribs fixed blunt plugs on the arrows to stun birds wanted alive. They captured parrots and tamed them as pets.
Agouti was the only meat they ate besides birds and fish. However, more important to the Dominica Caribs than hunting and agriculture was fishing in the sea.
They had some knowledge of the stars and could use them for navigating in the open sea. Today, models of the canoes used by the Caribs hundreds of years ago can still be seen. Carved out of whole tree trunks, there were two kinds.
This type was only used for offshore fishing and could hold few people. These vessels were dug out of logs stretched by fire and soaked with water after which the hulls were kept in position by wooden ribs.
Planks were fastened on by drilling holes and lashing them in place with fibre rope. Today, nails are used by modern canoe builders who work along the north-east cost of Dominica.
It was in the large canouas that the Dominica Caribs went to attack other islands and made long voyages and fishing trips. The history of the Carib Indians in Dominica is also full of numerous tales and Legends. For example, as related by Lenox Honeychurch, for early Caribs, the moon was a man with a dirty face.
The story is that once upon a time, a Carib girl was visited during the night by an unknown man and became pregnant. Therefore, her mother found someone to keep watch on her daughter and that night the guard lay waiting for the lover to return.
There he is seen as the moon, his face still dirty with genip stains. The child who was born of this union was called Hiali and it was believed that he was the founder of the Carib nation.
While Hiali was still a baby, a humming bird was chosen to take him to the sky so that his father might see him. As a reward for this service the humming-brid was given his beautiful feathers and the little cap he wears on top of his head.Welcome to the Kalinago Territory.
Experience the indigenous traditions and customs of the KALINAGO, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of DOMINICA, the NATURE ISLAND.
The Kalinago Territoy is located on Dominica’s beautiful east coast. Welcome to the Kalinago Territory.
Experience the indigenous traditions and customs of the KALINAGO, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of DOMINICA, the NATURE ISLAND. The Kalinago Territoy is located on Dominica’s beautiful east coast. Meeting the Kalinago. Connecting to the past, the ancient Kalinago tribe brings intuitive earth-conscious design to modern-day Dominica.
Words by Margaret Gajek. The Kalinagos diet had more _____ than that of the Tainos. The Caribs did not eat this before a sea voyage. The Kalinago priests was called the _____.
This was a necklace, of small bones and teeth of victims, worn by the Kalinago men. Carib, American Indian people who inhabited the Lesser Antilles and parts of the neighbouring South American coast at the time of the Spanish conquest.
Their name was given to the Caribbean Sea, and its Arawakan equivalent is the origin of the English word cannibal. It is the home of approximately Kalinagos (Caribs), the remaining survivors of the first inhabitants of the island. The people called the island Waitukubuli (tall is her body), and they referred to themselves Kalinagos.