February 9, 2004
Meet the Team
People of the Caribbean are natural-born storytellers. They spend time with their ancestry; they tell stories of their past. These rich and diverse histories are often scattered, as we migrate from place to place, as our diasporic journeys remain undocumented.
caribbeantales.ca is a new, interactive, audio-visual meeting and recording place, a space to gather our stories on the internet as a living popular history.
Reclaiming these pieces of our personal history is work that we all must do. Using the web as a common meeting place for our community is cultural democracy in action. We proclaim the supreme importance of our mission to provide this instrument of essential edutainment for Caribbean-Canadian generations to come: to rebuild, reinvent, and recreate a modern and dynamic Caribbean Living History.
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Storytellers of the
I first met Honor Ford-Smith while browsing the shelves of my university's library. I had picked up a copy of LionheartGal, by Ford-Smith and the Sistren Theatre Collective. Two years later, I found myself sitting back and taking a little lime with Honor, in her lush and blossoming backyard. I was soon to discover why Honor Ford-Smith has come to be an incredible cultural icon for many in the Caribbean. Read more...
200 Years of
"He really is a symbol of Black pride and resistance, a great slave leader. He assembled the slaves to form an army which defeated the trained troops of Napoleon's army. That was an amazing thing to have done, because he was just a 'common slave' (so-called) a coachman, a simple man who taught himself to read and write."
▪ writer Grace Nicolls,
about Toussaint Louverture, pictured above
Forged from European Colonialism and Aboriginal massacre, the site of African slavery and East Indian indentureship, a respite for European asylum-seekers and pirate buccaneers, the Caribbean may well be hailed as the world's first social experiment. Yet for far too long Caribbeans have tried to find their place within a history written about them, but not for them - a history told to them, but not by them. caribbeantales.ca embarks upon the makings of a Peoples' History, one that continues to live through the artists, storytellers and scholars of the Caribbean and the Caribbean-Canadian Diaspora. A living history so rich in narratives of resistance, change and diversity - so vital to the currents of world history - cannot be forgotten...
Through Our Story, visitors are given the opportunity to re-discover Caribbean history on their own terms. This month, our feature writer P. Afua Marcus profiles Haiti, the first Caribbean Island to gain independence in 1804 - making this year the 200 year anniversary of this important and historic revolution. Read more about the history and the people of this country, and view some video clips that tell this remarkable story. Read more...
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Storytellers of the Caribbean
Honor-Ford Smith, artist, performer, writer and educator is one of our Storytellers of the month. Read on and meet one of our Caribbean heroes.
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Caribbean Tales offers a quick glimpse into some of the fascinating and legendary events that have shaped the modern Caribbean. This month we feature Haiti, remembering and honoring the 200 year anniversary of the revolution that made the country the first Caribbean island to gain its independence.
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