Traditional knowledge (TK) is knowledge, know-how, skills and practices that are developed, sustained and passed on from generation to generation within a community, often forming part of its cultural or spiritual identity. The Kalinago Barana Aute has been a fixture on the landscape of Waitukubuli for years, however, aside from the direct encounter with the indigenous peoples, physical access to the Council, and limited literary and artefacts within various repositories such as the Documentation Centre, the Dominica Museum or the Ministry of Kalinago Affairs in Roseau. However, there is a clear need to expand access to not just the physical artefacts accessible via these repositories, but also through the development of a specific resource to support the work of the Kalinago Council to revive, assist and maintain Kalinago traditions through song, dances, herbal medicine and some aspects of the ancient Kalinago language. Such a repository would support Dominica’s ratification of the UNESO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003. This support of a repository is especially critical for the continued survival of the Kalinago’s heritage, as the Commonwealth of Dominica is also a small island development state, and therefore has to remain competitive should it hope to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs ), and especially under goals 11 and 13.
Also, the role and participation of indigenous peoples such as the Kalinago in global concerns such as traditional medicine, oral tradition, climate change, disaster risk reduction, tourism and sustainable development require great access to resources, including in cyberspace, to drive awareness of the Kalinago, as well as provide access to perspectives specific to Dominica, and the rich cultural heritage of these indigenous people .
The presentation will:
• Introduce some definitions on the subject of traditional knowledge
• Discuss the global and regional initiatives aimed at addressing traditional knowledge
• Consider some “Implementable” current best practices for developing a TK Repository
• Describe some necessary stages which must be considered for a proposed Kalinago TK Repository