LocalNews Dominica’s indigenous people to stage major festival by: Dominica Vibes News – January 27, 2015 Tweet Share Dominica’s indigenous people will celebrate and share their culture at a major event planned for later this year. The Dominica Indigenous Cultural Festival will be staged for the first time on 4 July 2015. Carib Chief Charles Williams told Dominica Vibes the event will highlight several aspects of the Carib culture. “We are working very hard on the Dominica Indigenous Cultural Festival, this festival we are also putting it in project form, we’ve been touching base with some key people”.“So far the Council has in fact discussed it and they are very enthusiastic about that we are spreading the news out there but we are putting the project. The project is practically 90 percent complete and are working on our budget as of now,” Chief Williams said. He said the work and talent of the Carib people will also be highlighted during an exhibition during the staging of the festival. “What we want to do is to use everything that we are accustomed to use traditionally; we want to use our arts and our crafts, when we talk about arts you talking about carving, you talking about painting, sculpting whatever you have in the art section we want to have that part displayed in an exhibition, we are looking at the date, July 4th because this is the day the Kalinago Territory was officially declared,” Williams stated. Chief Williams said the agricultural produce by the Kalinago people will so be on display at the festival. “We are looking at Agriculture, what is it that we are producing agriculturally in both plant and animal life and when it comes to the animal life we are hoping that we can exhibit some of our Wildlife, we expect to deal with the forestry division when it comes to that, we want to expound on our myths and our legends, we want to expose our herbal teas and herbal baths,” he said. Additionally, according to the chief, plans are also in place for the staging of the Kalinago Canoe race which could have participants from the neighboring islands. “We are going to run that race it is about a 15 mile distance race and we are going to have and we are going to have different participants maybe the possibility of having people from the neighboring island and also the creole Dominicans to participate in that race,” he said.Anyone wishing to assist the Carib Council financially or in kind for the staging of the event is asked to contact the office at 1767 445-7336. Share 295 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring!