“Kubulika” Strengthen Ties between Dominica and Guadeloupe

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38 feet long K’nawa was officially named “Kubulika”, originating from the words Waitikubuli and Karokera.

After eleven months of hard work and commitment, the construction of the K’nawa has finally been completed and is ready for its journey.

In celebration of this achievement, an official blessing ceremony was held on August 2nd, where the 38 feet long K’nawa was officially named “Kubulika”, originating from the words Waitikubuli and Karokera.

Winner of the Golden Drum Awards for preservation of the indigenous culture, Prosper Paris, said this event was a historical one.

Mr. Prosper has marked this day as a joyful moment for the people of the Kalinago Territory.

Nikima Royer, Head of Marketing at Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) said this event is significant to her, because it was one of the first events that she attended, subsequent to her new position with the DDA.

She also urged the Kalinago people, particularly the youth, to get involved in their history, and culture and continue to learn and build from it.

The Kalinago Chief Garnett Joseph, taking into consideration their French counterparts, addressed the function in patois, stating this accomplishment has a lot of significance for both Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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Nikima Royer, Head of Marketing at Discover Dominica Authority (DDA)

Mr. Joseph said in the time of his ancestors, the K’nawa was used to travel throughout the Caribbean Region.

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