Santa Rosa First peoples Community National Youth Rally in Recognition of the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago Public Holiday and Heritage Week Activities 2017. The goal of the celebration is to build public awareness of the presence, traditions and legacy of the First Peoples and their descendants, and leave a positive and lasting impact on the First Peoples and the Nation as a whole. The overall objective is to present to the national community a positive depiction of the First Peoples, and launch an ongoing awareness of our presence as a distinct and unique sector of the population of Trinidad and Tobago.
In keeping with the motto “On Becoming Visible towards Meaningful Recognition” the focus was on:
· Arts, Culture and Traditions of the First Peoples present both in song, dance and music;
· Excerpts from a signature dramatic presentation “I Hyarima”, a play written by poet Eintou Pearl Springer;
· Art and craft displays from visiting Contingents and exhibits booths from Ministry organizations – Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, etc.
· Displays from Emperor Valley Zoo –wildlife and Petting Zoo;
· Meet & Greet First Peoples from the Caribbean region, South America, the United States, Canada, and Australia;
· Interactive fun activities of celebration with games for children of all ages including Face Painting, Maypole dancing, Canoe Racing, Archery, Chief/Queen for the day, quizzes, smoke signal, medicine man, tribal shapes, among others.
Date: 11th October 2017
Venue: The National Cycling and Aquatic Centre, Balmain Couva
Photographer: Kishan Sony and Ronnie Loorkhoor