Our Caribbean Culture
Promoting and Preserving our Caribbean Culture
- Ethnic Group – This is a group of people who share common ancestors and a common culture, including a common history, religion, language and other characteristics.
- Culture – culture is the way of life of a particular people, including customs, traditions, festivals, beliefs, religions, language, arts and ways of behaving.
- Heritage – Heritage is the things of value that our ancestors have passed down to us. Our heritage includes things such as our forests and wildlife, our historic buildings, festivals and traditions.
The people who came after Emancipation
After slavery ended, workers were still needed for the plantations. The plantation owners needed cheap labour so they looked to India and China,. The plantation owners offered the Indians and Chinese a contract which bonded them for 5 years. This was called indentureship.
The Chinese and Indians were called indentured labourers or indentured servants.
At the end of the contract some of them went back to their native country but many of them stayed. Today their descendants can be found all over the Caribbean.