- Santa Rosa Carib Community
The Santa Rosa Carib Community is the major organisation of indigenous people in
Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribs of Arimaare descended from the original Amerindianinhabitants of Trinidad; Amerindians from the former " encomiendas" of Tacariguaand Arauca (Arouca) were resettled to Arima between 1784and 1786. The SRCC was incorporated in 1973to preserve the culture of the Caribs of Arima and maintain their role in the annual Santa Rosa Festival (dedicated to Santa Rosa de Lima, the first Catholic saintcanonised in the New World).
The SRCC is headed by its President
Ricardo Bharath Hernandezand maintains a leadership role among indigenous organisations in Trinidad. The community is also the base for the Carib Queen(currently Valentina Medina).
The Ameridians were relocated to open their lands for settlement by the influx of French settlers brought in by the "Cedula of Population" and to separate the indigenous people from the newcomers ("see:
History of Trinidad and Tobago"). The Mission was granted 1000 acres (4 km²) of land by Governor Chacon, and Governor Sir Ralph Woodfordadded 320 acres (1.3 km²). However, as the Mission gradually dissolved, these lands were seized by the state.
* [http://www.kacike.org/srcc/index.html Official Website of the Santa Rosa Carib Community]
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