Indigenous Tribes Claim Barbados Culpepper Island

Just in case you missed it, the Lokono-Arawak and Karifuna-Carib tribes (no we are not going to use the word “nations”) have laid claim to Culpepper Island off the eastern coast of Barbados.

From a media release…

… We the descendants of Princess Marian — daughter of the last Hereditary Lokono-Arawak Chief Amorotahe Haubariria (Flying Harpy Eagle) of the Eagle Clan Lokono-Arawaks resident on this island now known as Barbados, and the Karifuna-Carib ambassadors from the island now known as Dominica — do hereby jointly re-claim from the Government of Barbados – the small uninhabited island outcrop known to locals as Culpepper Island.

Ever seen the rocks of Culpepper Island? These folks have to be pretty desperate – except that they don’t really want Culpepper Island. This is just a strategy to gain a foothold and recognized status in a far greater land claim. Just a thin edge of the wedge.

Our friend Titilayo has more at Gallimaurfry Blog.


Filed under Barbados, Island Life, Politics & Corruption

4 responses to “Indigenous Tribes Claim Barbados Culpepper Island

  1. Iko Davidson

    Sorry, but I don’t really think they have any claim, at all. After reading the other blog, they who have made claim do not even originate in Barbados (from Guyana) or live hear (Dominica). Furthermore, why Culpeper island? I am sure their forefathers did not live on that coast with bad sea and no water.

    Maybee they should look out in St. James near Holetown, there is a nice peice of land oposite street 1&2 on the land side , next to the river that would be fantastic and more suited for settlment!!! But of course it is smackdad in the middle of the highest area of land prices.

    No, while it is part of our history, the average Bajan does not feel any association with Arawaks or Caribs (like the Dominicans) and this will be just a passing wind.

  2. Iko Davidson

    After reading the Nation article now it is clear they are not actually taking steps to reclaim the land, they just want to make sure it is protected and kept clean of development.

    But last time I remember being out on that end of the island I beleive I remember that develoment had started already. That is houses were being built on the land side. Or am I thinking of Harry Smith’s Beach? Has anyone been around Culpeper Island recently?

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