THE HON.ROOSEVELT SKERRITT
The youngest Prime Minister in the Caribbean. He led the Dominica Labor Party to
victory in this year's elections. A new chapter in Dominica's history.,
THE COAT OF ARMS: The Official Seal of The Country.
Dominica's Coat of Arms portraying aspects of the country's daily life-fishing and
agriculture- and the famous words Apres Bondie C'est Later
After God is the Earth
The central emblem presents the National Bird of Dominica, the Sisserou Parrot,
also a symbol of flight towards greater heights and fulfilment of aspirations. The
Parrot also comes from the Dominica Coat of Arms thus symbolizing the official
seal of the country.
The ten lime green stars represent the ten parishes of the country, each with equal
status, thus the equality of our people. The red central emblem carries the
connotation of socialism.
The yellow, white and black stripes form a triple coloured cross representing the
Trinity of God. The cross itself demonstrates belief in God since Dominica is
founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God.
The yellow stripe represents the sunshine of our land, our main agricultural
products: citrus and bananas and also a symbol of the Carib people, the first
inhabitants of the Island.
The white stripe represents the clarity of our rivers and waterfalls and the purity of
aspirantion of our people.
The black stripe represents the rich black soil of our island on which our agriculture
is based and also our African heritage.
The general background of dark green symbolises our rich verdunt forests and the
general lushness of the island.
The flag was designed by famous Dominican artist/playwright Alwin Bully
The Genoan seaman who sailed across the Atlantic from Spain heading to Asia but
instead "discovered"the islands of the Americas for King Ferdinand and Queen
Isabella. He made four trips to the Caribbean. He discovered Dominica on the 3rd of
November, 1493, during his second trip.
Tall is her Body. This is the original name given to the country by its first inhabitants,
The Caribs. Columbus renamed it Dominica, since he "discovered" the island on a
Sunday-Domingo in Spanish.
DOMINICA'S TRADITIONAL DRESS:
Members of the Dominica Sisserou International Group of New Jersey proudly
display the colors of the country during a West Indian function in Brooklyn. The
traditional dress, more commonly referred to as "Wob Dwiyet" is worn on many
festive and national occasions by Dominicans all over the globe who try to uphold the
legacy and cultural heritage of the island.
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM:
This song calls on the children of this country to do the best that they can to preserve
the beauty, culture and treasures of Dominica. It was written by the late, Mr. Wilfred
O. M. Pond and set to music by Mr. L.M. Christian.
THE BWA CARIB:
Many in Dominica once thought that the Balisier was the national flower of Dominica
but infact it is the Bwa Carib (Sabinea carinalis)
THE SISSEROU PARROT:
One of two species of parrots that exist in the island's forests and possibly unique
to only Dominica. The Sisserou or Imperial (Amazona imperialis) is Dominica's
national bird. The other is the Jacko parrot (Amazona arausiaca) that is smaller
than the Sisserou.
THE MOUNTAIN CHICKEN:
The Mountain Chicken, the frog or crapaud, as we call it locally, a famous
Dominican delicacy. Abundant in the moist areas of the country over the years and
maybe even over-hunted, disease now threatens it with extinction. Presently there
is an indefinite ban on hunting and eating the much sought after delicacy.
THE OLD MILL CULTURAL CENTER:
A symbol of Dominicaâ€™s past. One of many old sugar mills once powered by
water that still dot the countryâ€™s landscape. After many years of lying idle, it
eventually became a center for cultural activities in Dominica. Other areas where
such mills once churned are Rosalie and Macoucherie Estates. I performed my
poetry/plays at The Old Mill during the early days of the Center with the cultural
group known as Campeche Youth Group from Senjo.
The Old Mill is now the main Cultural Centre on the island and houses the Cultural
A reminder of the wars fought between the French and British to gain control of
Dominica. This canon stands guard at Morne Bruce overlooking the capital city,
Roseau. Similar canons dot other areas in the country, most notably, at Fort Shirley
on the Cabritts in Portsmouth.
I once came across one along the west coast By-pass just over the village of
Layou. It is believed that it may have been a signal or warning canon usedto relay
messages along the coast to Fort Shirley rather than one used to shoot at the
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