We travelled to the Kalinagi Barana Auté recently and did the tour and watched the dance performance.
Our guide was patient and well informed, though soft spoken and at times difficult to hear. Much of the historical presentation was not new to me, as I had read the information in my guidebook to Dominica. The tour passes along plants which the Kalinago used as herbal remedies or food. This part was interesting but could have been elaborated.
For an additional fee, you can watch a dance performance. My kids loved it. However, after the performance you are invited to purchase jewellery and give a cash donation... There is a very uncomfortable pause where everyone is watching you until you actually do buy something!
The reconstructed village is small. There is someone making traditional cassava bread and it is very good.
At the end we were invited to try basket making. My daughter and I both participated... A great experience!
The baskets are for sale in the village and are of very high quality. I was pressured to buy from the woman who helped me with my basket... That is to say when i went to look at the stalls and saw one i liked, she said "that is the other lady's" and led me to her stall.
The food is very good and of good value.
In general I would say it is a good project put together by the community but could be improved by reducing the pressure to open your wallet every 5 minutes. I would have also liked to have seen other workshops (cassava bread, canoe building, herbal remedies etc). My husband and son found it much less interesting because there was nothing catered to them in terms of workshops.
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