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Arawak village soon

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Arawak village soon

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Descendants of Barbados’ earliest known inhabitants are set to reintroduce an Arawak presence on the island.

The symbolic breaking of soil for construction of  “Arawak Village” at Codrington College, St John, on Monday, marked the first major step towards bringing back to life here the culture of the indigenous people who inhabited Barbados over 300 years ago and whose successive generations still live in other parts of this region.

The project is the brainchild of Guyanese Amerindian Richard Winter, owner of Arawak Leather, who is partnering with Codrington College to develop five acres of land on the 700-acre Codrington Estate.

Winter said his vision was to give young Barbadian children a deeper insight into the “lost” history and heritage of Barbados when it came to the “first people”, and to show that Arawak culture remained alive in the Caribbean. (GC)

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