New Book on the Indigenous People of St. Lucia


Repeating Islands

A new book by St Lucian researcher Sylvester Clauzel, Indigenous Peoples of St Lucia—Nou Se Kalinago, aims at debunking many of the most ignorant myths about the indigenous peoples of the region that persist so many centuries after early European travelers and settlers first invented them. Here are some excerpts from a recent review in the St Lucia Star:
“The Taino dominated the Greater Antilles by the time of the arrival of the Europeans around 1500 A.D.,” writes Clauzel. The second group of people called (and still call) themselves the Kalinago and began moving into the region around 600 A.D. “They were not raiders and savages as many historians described them but traders who also settled in the islands,” Clauzel’s book explains. This conclusion matches newer research which indicates that the Amerindian people of the islands were much more sophisticated than the simple savages that early Europeans painted…

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