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The Arawak Has Reclaimed Its Ground

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/arawak-thumb.jpgThe bronze statue of the Arawak was erected on August 20 at La Tourmente, the circle at the top of the hill in St Jean that leads to Gustavia, Colombier or Flamands. In 2004, St Barth invited all residents to submit ideas for some type of artwork to grace this spot. In June, 2005, the winner was selected from among 53 submissions. And the winner was a 1.7-meter bronze sculpture of an Arawak Indian, the original inhabitants of St Barth. At the base of the sculpture are an iguana and a pelican - two symbols of the island. The Arawak holds a spear in his right hand and is blowing a conch shell with his left hand. A popular St Barth forum is having a "Name the Arawak" contest, and one suggestion is an Arawak word: "kas-se-qua" meaning "Chief of the Hill or Tribe." What could be more perfect?


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