Young students walk through the canoe under construction in Kingstown.

Community group The Kalinago Tribe of SVG has announced the building of a pirogue war canoe at its headquarters in Kingstown.

The project has been planned for over 10 years and the group said it is extremely excited to be able to finally make it happen in 2014.

The Gomea tree was selected and cut from deep in our forest, then transported to the Kingstown headquarters, where the canoe is now under construction.

When completed, the pirogue will be approximately 23 feet long by 3 feet wide and will be able to transport up to 20 warriors.

The vessel is being constructed with support from various departments of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Kalinago Tribe of SVG is encouraging all Vincentians to visit its headquarters throughout the year and share in this unprecedented and historic Cultural event.

The group says there has already been great interest from Schools in Kingstown, some of which have already visited the headquarters.

Guided tours are available on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One reply on “Kalinago Tribe builds war canoe”

  1. Peter Binose says:

    What is it with these people who do not want to be what they really are. The people in the photo are a true specimen of African Negro’s, they look nothing like Kalinago.

    Island Carib, or Kalinago people, after whom the Caribbean was named, are a group of people who live in Venezuela, Brazil and the lesser Antilles islands. They are an indigenous peoples of the Americas whose origin lies in the northern coast of South America.

    It makes me sick all these Vincentians wanting to be island Indians, which it is quite obvious with only one eye open they are not. The Kalinago had long straight silk like hair, which these people do not have a hint of.

    How did they become a Kalinago tribe?

    It reminds of when we were children and played cowboys and Indians, are these people just playing out a childs game?

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