The Kalinago Barana Autê offers a unique experience, sharing the historyand traditions of the Kalinago people from hundreds of years ago. It is a world of colour and pageantry, where the nation’s first people’s talent and pride are abundant.
Kalinago Barana Autê is located along the banks of the Crayfish-River near the Isukulati Falls in the Carib Territory of the Commonwealth of Dominica. A secondary road with a car park has been constructed from the Salybia post office or police station to the site.
Kalinago Barana Autê consists of an interpretation center, snack bar, and gift shop. To begin the tour of this breathtaking village, a footbridge crossing the river gives way to a circular trail on the northern side and leads to a series of small huts (ajoupas) that are located throughout the site. In the center of this arrangement of small huts is the main Karbet (biggest hut), which is used for cultural and theatrical performances.
The huts (ajoupas) feature traditional activities such as canoe building, cassava processing, basket weaving, calabash carving, and herb collection and preparation.
During the tour, one can learn about the local flora and fauna and its usefulness to the Kalinago people from the certified tour guides. The remainder of the trail throughout this gorgeous village will offer fantastic viewpoints of the rough Atlantic coastline, along with the opportunity to witness the Isulukati Waterfallcascading down into the Atlantic Ocean.
Nestled deep within the forest and coastline of the Crayfish-River valley, the Kalinago Barana Autê, complete with structures inspired by Kalinago architecture, will offer guests a doorway into the culture of the Kalinago people. Demonstration by artisans, traditional canoe building, story telling via cultural performances and interaction with the people of the Carib Territory will contribute to the unique experience visitors will have in the Kalinago Barana Autê.