Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Garifuna Language

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Garifuna Language

In a recent blogpost about authenticity in writing historical fiction I mentioned that I would elaborate more about how the Garifuna language has evolved since the 1790s. It has indeed been quite a dramatic transformation which has its roots in the tragic deportation...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Liberty-Law-Equality

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Liberty-Law-Equality

The ideas of the French Revolution reached the shores of St. Vincent in 1795 due to the concerted efforts of one man. Victor Hugues, French revolutionary commander and Commissioner of Guadeloupe. Hugues, who was officially sent out to the Windward Islands to implement...
Better to Die Standing Than to Live on Your Knees

Better to Die Standing Than to Live on Your Knees

When I was a young boy, about nine years old, I first learned about slavery in the Caribbean and the Middle Passage in Social Studies class in primary school. What most disturbed me about slavery, apart from it’s obvious abhorrent cruelty and depravity, was the...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Ouїcou

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Ouїcou

In today’s blogpost I am showcasing a very common, but rather complex cultural practice celebrated by the Black Caribs, called a “ouїcou” – phonetically pronounced “we-sue.” This was a feast, which was often held for a multitude of...

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