The under promoted unique cultural and traditional features which form the basis on which the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique have widely been regarded as unspoilt and pristine to those in the know--- is now on the threshold of gaining some prominent international exposure.
The depth of the exposure is currently manifested through a five member team of travel writers from Germany who were exposed to what is truly Carriacou and Petite Martinique from its practices, to cuisine, to flora and fauna, to historic sites and to its topography.
Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon Elvin Nimrod, welcomed the visitors and detailed the natural beauty of the island and the friendliness of its human assets. He told them that every visitor who has discovered those two islands and country in general has simply coined it as “I’ve just found paradise.” Speaking at the Memorial Square in the heart of the island’s capital, Hillsborough against the enchanting backdrop of the world renowned Sandy Island, the Minister assured the team of journalists that they too were going to be sure to make several trips back to the two Caribbean gems.
His comments were followed by a vivid and descriptive lecture, by the articulate, Suresh Rao, retracing the many centuries and different countries which have shaped the cultural and traditional exercises which currently form a vibrant part of the cultural landscape of the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Revealing through a chronologic approach the various cultural and traditional practices from their inception to where they are currently, Rao, told the attentive journalists that some of these cultural customs can be traced to as far back as the 15th century. He said that all of the traditions reflect the many nations that once had settlements here before it was finally conquered by the British.
The team was then treated to a display from the Junior Shakespeare Mas from Mt Pleasant Government School, L’Esterre RC School’s Junior Quadrille, National Big Drum Dancers, demonstration of boat building and launching from the Government school and steel pan music from secondary schools band.
Rao also edified the travel writers on the origin and configuration of the maypole dance.
Following the presentation the team was given a taste of the island cuisine known as Saraka at Joan’s Paradise Eating Delight on Paradise beach. It comprised rolled rice and rolled Cou-cou, stew peas, provision and various meats.