My mother when she was a little girl, was dressed in a crown of flowers, a new dress and shoes and went to throw petals at the feet of her grandmother at the Santa Rosa Festival in Trinidad. You see her grandmother was a Carib Queen and every year they celebrated this Catholic festival in Arima, Trindad.
I have never experienced this and though the Carib bloodline is being passed on through me, there is not much I can say about my heritage. In jest I would tell other who ask what I am mixed with, I would say "my people were here first... we did not arrive by boat... we were natives." But I really do not know what that really means. I do not know how to live off the land. In fact I kill all plants and animals that enter my home. I should put a sign ... "Enter at your own risk!"
But I do want to understand this particular part of my ancestry. Although I am mixed with Chinese, Spanish, Scottish and Protégées, I have always been curious of the one culture that was here before anything else. How in those primitive day did they survive? How did they manage to survive this long?
I do know many, when researching the history, did not willingly conform and many died resisting change. However those who did survive have managed, with all external influences surrounding them have managed to preserve their language, way of life and culture.
I do plan on taking the kids to see a Santa Rosa Festival for them to understand where they came from. The present Carib Queen is no longer my bloodline as it is passed on from one carib family to the next. I also did find out the appointed queen did have to be well knowledgable in their culture (so that takes me out of the running).
Still these are things that I believe we need to know, for me and my kids. It would explain why we have sure high cheek bones... or why our hair type is the way it is. something to make sense of the puzzle that is me.
What part of your own heritage are you interested in finding out??