Carib Territory, Dominica

Snake stairs Dominica
L’Escalier Tête-Chien, the Snake’s Stairs.

Carib Indians

I wanted to share a few summery photos on this cold January day. And a thought: There are about 3000 native Carib Indians left in the world. They live in a 15 sq. km (about 3 700 acres) reserve on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

Dominica Dominica

Caribs. And a Viking child.

Center map


25 Responses to “Carib Territory, Dominica”

  1. Lisa 5 January 2012 0239 #

    Love the first photo – interesting that it’s “Snake’s Stairs” in English but “Tete-Chien” in French! Your daughter looks so completely at home sitting among the Carib – it’s nice to see kids traveling and comfortable with other cultures.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 January 2012 0802 #

      @Lisa – Thanks! And yes, I thought it odd with the snake/dog-thing, too. Tete-Chien is apparently the name of a snake – a Boa Constrictor – and its head resembles that of a dog.

  2. ItalianNotes 5 January 2012 0849 #

    Beautiful photos. Looking forward to a verbal description of the territory,too:)

  3. Muza-chan 5 January 2012 1004 #

    Lovely place to visit 🙂

  4. Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 January 2012 1601 #

    @ItalianNotes and Muza-chan Thanks 🙂

  5. Leigh 5 January 2012 1659 #

    Dominica is one of the only Caribbean Islands I would truly like too visit. What a lucky daughter! Interesting dyke in the first photo and very appealing looking waters.

  6. Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 January 2012 1717 #

    @Leigh – I’ve been to quite a few of the islands and Dominica did seem different from the rest. It’s been a few years since we were there (back in the 90s, actually). Back then, at least, it had much less tourist infrastructure than some of its neighbours, and seemed more geared towards visitors who wanted to hike and be up close with nature.

  7. Vera Marie Badertscher 5 January 2012 1728 #

    One of my favorite travel writers, Patrick Leigh Fermour wrote about the a Carribean Island tour just after world war II in The Travel Tree. The Caribs then were more numerous. Ever since I read that book, I’ve been curious to visit Dominica.

  8. Jackie Smith 5 January 2012 1728 #

    The photos are great and love having the map as well. It would be fun to include such information on our posts; I’ll try that again next time.

  9. Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 January 2012 1739 #

    @Vera Marie – The story of the Carib Indians (and the Arawaks) is fascinating stuff. I haven’t heard about Fermour; thanks for bringing him to my attention! Will look him up.

    @Jackie – Yes, I really like the map feature. But then I really like maps.. of all kinds 🙂

  10. Raymond @ Man On The Lam 5 January 2012 1741 #

    Would love to make it there one day — I’ve only been to the Bahamas in the Caribbean…

  11. Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 January 2012 1938 #

    @Raymond – Surprisingly diverse islands in the Caribbean.

  12. Dick Jordan 5 January 2012 1951 #

    Interesting! 3,000 Caribs out of how many that original lived in the islands?

  13. Anne-Sophie Redisch 5 January 2012 2111 #

    @Dick – That’s an interesting question. I haven’t been able to find any numbers, but I think it’s reasonable to assume the remaining 3000 is but a fraction of the original population. The Caribs were displaced by Europeans and most died because of warfare and of diseases they had no immunity for.

    They were expulsed from many of the neighbouring islands, e.g. from Martinique (by the French), but were able to hide better on Dominica, since the terrains is so rugged. One source – – also claims Columbus worked the Caribs almost to the verge of extinction.

  14. Cathy Sweeney 5 January 2012 2112 #

    Although I’ve visited several islands in the Caribbean, I’ve never been to Dominica. Love your photos and interesting information.

  15. Laurel 5 January 2012 2221 #

    I love the photo of the Snake Stairs. I would love to visit Dominica one day.

  16. Denise 6 January 2012 1129 #

    I love the new blog design!

  17. ezragrant 6 January 2012 1656 #

    I want to go there and make sure that i will provide food and help for them…Thank you for letting us know about this…

  18. jade 9 January 2012 0931 #

    Wow- love those pictures! And the viking child is so cute!

  19. Anne-Sophie Redisch 9 January 2012 1515 #

    @Cathy, Laurel, Denise, Ezra and Jade – thanks for reading 🙂

  20. Tom Lipa 10 January 2012 0214 #

    We took a bus from the town to a Carib village, an hour or more away. The road was a main highway that was under construction – for the entire lenght – and has been for quite a spell. The driver was excellent and never flinched. We toured the village and had lunch, and spent considerable time wiht the ex Carib Chief – a very articulate man. His wife is the tour director/spokes person on the bus, and explaind the country and history – very knowlegable. Their lives appear normal – like those in the states and they get on very well even thought they are out in, what I would call, the wilderness. Nice welcoming people. I encourage anyone interested in the Carib Indians/indiginous people, to take the trip. It is a view of society that few will ever experience on appreciate.

  21. CarmelaJones 10 January 2012 0818 #

    Fantastic! You really catch the beauty of life.. Nice photos. Wish I can be there… Thank’s for sharing with us.

  22. Culture-ist magazine 11 January 2012 0004 #

    Nice photos. The intricate artwork of the natives looks beautiful and almost reminiscent of what we’ve seen in Central America. Dominica looks quite beautiful and has been on our list of places to visit in the near future.

  23. Erica Hargreave @ Roamancing 15 January 2012 0003 #

    Okay, that has officially put me in the mood for a tropical vacation.

  24. Sara 18 March 2012 0148 #

    Ahh wish I could be there. Would be on the beach all day long 🙂 huhh i really need some holiday.

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