Tuesday, March 08, 2005

New Book on the Caribs of Arima, Trinidad

Ruins of Absence, Presence of Caribs: (Post) Colonial Representations of Aboriginality in Trinidad and Tobago, to be released by the University Press of Florida in June, 2005, is now available for pre-orders with a special 35% discount, valid until June 15, 2005.

For more details, see: http://www.centrelink.org/srccbook.htm

Monday, March 07, 2005

Dominica's Minister of Tourism Defends Disney, Feb. 18, 2005

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — The tourism minister on Tuesday defended plans for an upcoming Disney movie expected to portray Dominica’s Carib Indians as cannibals, calling the film a work of fiction that could bring economic benefits to the poor island. The government has said Disney is planning to use the island as a shooting location for the sequel to the 2003 blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” Production could begin in April. On Sunday, Carib Indian chief Charles Williams said he was informed by Disney producers that parts of the script portray the group’s ancestors as cannibals — a characterization Caribs have long denied. Williams is calling on Disney to remove references to cannibalism, which he says would malign the group. Tourism Minister Charles Savarin called the criticism unwarranted. “Nobody is saying that (the film) is an accurate historical report of what happened in Dominica,” Savarin said in a statement broadcast by private Kairi FM radio. “We have to get beyond our history and not continue trying to live in the past.” Savarin said Dominica, one of the poorest island’s in the Caribbean, stands to benefit greatly from exposure in the movie, but warned that criticism could prompt Disney to film elsewhere. He urged critics “not adopt a position which will have a negative impact on the welfare of the society.” Walt Disney declined to say if the film would refer to Caribs as cannibals.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Protesting Disney's Cannibalism in St. Vincent

Dominican Caribs receive support in fight over scenes in “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel

From CANA (Caribbean News Agency) for February 19, 2005:

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Historical and Archaeological Society has called on Vincentians to boycott the sequel to the blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” unless “grossly offensive” scenes depicting Caribs as cannibals are removed from the script.