KNOW HERE: Kalinago history, traditions, crafts, exceptional cuisine in Dominica

Dominica is home to the Kalinago - an indigenous people. The Kalinago Barana Auté, located on the east coast of Dominica, is a cultural centre and museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the Kalinago people's cultural heritage. 

KNOW HERE: Kalinago history, traditions, crafts, exceptional cuisine in Dominica
KNOW HERE: Kalinago history, traditions, crafts, exceptional cuisine in Dominica

Roseau, Dominica: Dominica is home to the Kalinago – an indigenous people. The Kalinago Barana Auté, located on the east coast of Dominica, is a cultural centre and museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the Kalinago people’s cultural heritage. 

Visitors can learn about the Kalinago people through the exhibits on Kalinago history, traditions, and crafts, as well as cultural performances and demonstrations of traditional practices such as basket weaving and cassava bread making at the centre. 

Waitukubuli, the original name for the island nation of Dominica, is a Kalinago word meaning “tall is her body”, a dedication to the long shape of the island. People can plan a trip to DOMINICA to visit the Kalinago Barana Auté and learn more about Dominica’s indigenous people. 

Dominica’s indigenous people are the largest remaining population of this tribe of their Caribbean ancestors – comprising roughly 3000 people. Many of the Kalinago people still live a simple traditional life based on multiple beliefs, which they happily share with visitors to the Kalinago Territory. 

The indigenous people of Dominica are a few of the only indigenous people remaining in the Caribbean, and many of their traditions and lifestyles are still practised today. A visit to the Kalinago Territory is an authentic, educational experience.

Experience the Barana Aute and the traditions of the indigenous Dominicans on a tour around their Territory. People can experience their culture through craft, traditional ceremonies, dance, and one on one interaction.

The Kalinago Territory has covered approximately 4.5 square miles on the Northeast coast of Dominica; the territory is communally owned by the indigenous population of approximately 3500 people.

It is here that travellers can visit the Barana Aute of the territory, an area that aims to encourage the traditional ways of life of the people, with displays of Kalinago structures, craft making, and traditional cultural performances.

Earlier, Backpacker Magazine sent writer Kelly Bastone and Rachid Stills + Motion down to tell the story of this beautiful rugged location. They backpacked the 115-mile Waitukubuli National Trail exploring rainforests, cliff-rimmed beaches, waterfalls, small villages, and everything in between.

1. – Looking up at a large chatagnier tree

2. Top – Michael Eugene and Kelly Bastone stand above Emerald Pool

2. Bottom – The rugged landscape of Dominica’s interior

3. Top – Dramatic coastline views

3. Bottom – The rainforest consuming an old truck

4. – A Kalinago woman inside her basket shop in the Touna Kalinago Heritage Village

5. Top – Hiking the Waitukubuli National Trail

5. Bottom – A traditional carving at Kalinago Barana Aute

6. – Sunset in Portsmouth

7. Top – Boiling Lake

7. Bottom – Machete hacked trail sign

8. Top – Hiking through Kalinago territory

8. Bottom – Local “bush rum” infused with fresh anise

9. – Green iguana

10. Top – Hiking the Waitukubuli National Trail

10. Bottom – Boa constrictor