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One of the presenters at the Kalinago language symposium

The Kalinago people have been told that it is their duty to join the movement to regain the Kalinago language.

The Kalinago people of Dominica, joined other indigenous peoples of the world in recognition of International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples on Friday August 9, 2019.  The United Nation sets this day aside to honor and commemorate the shared history and culture of indigenous people around the world.  The UN selected theme for this year’s World Indigenous Peoples Day is: Indigenous Language

In the Kalinago Territory, one of the activities held to mark the occasion was a language symposium which began at 7:00 p.m. at the Salybia Primary School.

Cultural Officer for the Kalinago Territory and Directer of the Carifuna Cultural Group, Prosper Paris, was one of the presenters at the event. He spoke on the topic: The Indigenous and Kalinago language.

Paris said that the focus on indigenous language is to create an awareness and eagerness “to go back to our indigenous language.” He contended that it is the duty of the Kalinago people to become part of the movement to regain the indigenous language and cited the UN Rights of Indigenous People which stipulates that indigenous people have the right to their language.

Another presenter, former Kalinago Chief, Irvince Auguiste, speaking on “The importance of The Indigenous Language”, suggested that a method in which the Kalinago Language can be taught to Kalinago children is through the introduction of the language in the school’s curriculum. He also spoke about his dream of having a school called the Knowledge Centre where the Kalinago language, way of life, and survival skills can be taught.

Historian Cozier Frederick, gave a brief synopsis of the history of the Kalinago language – his topic: A Kalinago Perspective on the Kalinago Language.  He noted that the Kalinago Nation has a history of resistance and resilience. While many believe that the language has been obliterated, Frederick argued that it has not been completely lost. He pointed out that the roots of the indigenous language are not only evident in the Kalinago Territory but in every community in Dominica. He said the language remains in the names given to various villages as well as in words that we commonly use. Examples of village names include Itassi (Vielle Case), Layou, Calibishie, Coulibistrie. Other commonly used Kalinago words  are: barbeque, balata (tree), sisserou and agouti.

“Language is important to any civilization and we have to honor this for the sake of our ancestors and for our children,” Frederick stated.

Other presenters at the event were former Chief, Garnet Joseph who spoke on “The Origin of the Language”,  and cultural icon, Gerard Langlais whose topic was “Personal Experience with the Kalinago Language.”

A section of the audience at the symposium





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All set for 2020 Calypso Finals tonight

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Former Calypso Monarch, Tasha ‘Tasha P” Peltier is to set the ball rolling in the much-anticipated Calypso Finals competition scheduled for later today at Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

Next in line is De Webb, followed by Karessah, Jaydee, Bobb, De Hunter, De Healer, Observer, nine-time calypso King Dice and finally, newcomer, St Lucian, Fitzroy ‘Bingo’ Leon.

President of the Dominica Calypso Association, Davidson ‘Observer’ Victor has called on Dominicans to ensure that calypso, as an integral part of Dominica’s culture, remains part of the island’s landscape.

“The other music genres, they are nice; you can have a very good time on them but calypso takes time off to address the real hard issues pertaining to governance and also pertaining to other social ills that goes on within the society,” he said. “This is an art form we should never ever allow calypso not to be part of the landscape of Dominica, because calypso is a very integral part of the cultural aspect which really highlight a lot of the things a lot of people would like to say individually, but cannot say it.”

He said the fact that calypso provides calypsonians, one at a time, with a very valuable platform to be able to highlight something that impacts “so many people in just one song” and “we never allow us to lose that,” Victor stated.

Guest artists are reigning Road March King, Sour Sour, Inciter, Jamma B, Lady S, Tronada, a band from Grenada band called “Grenadian Invasion” and reigning Junior Calypso Monarch, Malik “De Examiner” Darroux.

The judging panel includes Chief Judge, Marlon Marie, Al Monelle, Nadine Riviere, Rena Stephens, Evelina Baptiste, Reginald Lafleur, Roland Royer, and Daniel Seraphine. The two reserve judges are Eustace Thomas and Davidson Lloyd.

Tickets cost $80 standing and sitting $125.

Tickets are available at Bull’s Eye Pharmacy in Goodwill, J&P Pharmacy in Roseau, Fone Shack in Portsmouth and the Dominica Calypso Association (Calypso House) in Bathe Estate.

The show begins at 8:30 pm and will be carried live on Comesee TV and Vibean TV.





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Police vow to do ‘what is necessary’ to ensure peaceful carnival

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A carnival street jump-up scene in Roseau

There is expected to be an increased police presence in the streets on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

Police Chief, Daniel Carbon said the decision is to ensure the prevention of violence and crime during the two days of celebration.

“The police will be in full force on both days. We have been having incidents in carnival; two years ago, and before that, we have been experiencing some deaths during carnival street jump up,” he said at a police press conference on Friday.

Carbon stated that the general public is entitled to revel and enjoy themselves while parading but the police have a responsibility.

“We will do what is necessary to be done lawfully so, to ensure that the carnival is peaceful [and] people will enjoy themselves in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility,” he said.

The Police Chief indicated that for the past few years, officers have been putting in place CCTV cameras around the city of Roseau.

He said these cameras will assist in monitoring persons in real-time as carnival progresses.

“We are not putting the CCTV to spy on people unlawfully but we have a responsibility to gather our intelligence…we have to take measures to prevent crime and…to detect crime.”

Carnival Monday activities are scheduled to begin at 4:00 am and end at 10:00 pm and Tuesday’s parade will begin at 8:00am and end at 10:00 pm.

Carbon called on the general public to conduct themselves properly on both days and if any crime is seen committed, to report it to the police immediately.





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‘I worked very hard’ – Miss Dominica 2020 (update with photos)

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Dominica’s 2020 Carnival Queen has attributed her success in the competition to hard work. 20-year-old Savahnn James beat six other contestants to clinch the title at the Miss Dominica 2020 pageant which was held on Thursday night.

James won the awards for Best Talent and Best Response to Question on her way to the crown.

“I am very excited; I am very happy and I worked very hard,” she told reporters shortly after being crowned.

She said her response to question gave her the edge in the competition.

“I was very strong; I was very confident in the way that I was answering so I think that gave me the edge,” James said.

With her platform ‘Sustainable Living Through Renewable Energy,’ James said she plans to work with the environmental clubs to help bring awareness on the topic.

“I am very passionate about the environment, so I think it’s important that I make my platform not just a platform, but a lifestyle,” she stated.

James said she is looking forward to represent Dominica at the regional pageants.

She advised any young women who plan to participate in the Miss Dominica pageant to “go for it.”

Shannon Connor St Hilaire secured the 2nd runner-up spot. She won the awards for Miss Photogenic, Best Costume, Best in Costume, and Best Evening Wear

The first runner-up position went to Primrose Angel David. She won the awards for Best Swimwear, Best in Swimwear and Best in Evening Wear.

Melanie Charles took the award for Miss Amity.

The other contestants were Kadisha Joseph of Fond Cole, Kimra Charles also representing Fond Cole and Elnarrah Emmanuel representing Kingshill and Grandbay.

The pageant took place at Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

Meantime, Events Coordinator at the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) Marva Williams said all the contestants were amazing and put on a great show.

“The contestants were amazing,” she said.

According to her, a realistic assessment of the show will show clearly that there are a lot of talented young people in Dominica.

She congratulated the new Miss Dominica and her team as well as Primrose David and Shannon St Hilaire.

“They all did an amazing job and it was a really tight competition,” Williams said.

Williams mentioned, however, there are a lot of things that need to be reviewed.

“We have recognized failures in certain avenues and we are committed to put things in place to help members,” she stated.

Williams revealed that registration is open to other young women who want to participate in the 2021 National Queen pageant.

“We know that the winning prize is a full scholarship from the government of Dominica to study at a University on any subject of their choice and I think that is an opportunity young ladies could take,” Williams stated.





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