OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #3: The Things Tourists Never See

What do you see here? (Addressed to the whole group)

A little boy eating                                                                         Wooden bench                       

Two calabashes/plates of food                                                  Gray wall

Coconut spoon                                                                             Short, curly hair

Food: oil down: dumplings, fig, breadfruit                              Blue pants

Patterned floor (tiles): concrete & terra cotta                         Patterned floor (tiles)

Enjoyment                                                                                     Orange t-shirt

Lunch time or dinner time                                                         Brown skin

Why did you take this photo? (Addressed to the photographer)

This photograph is important because most, if not all, tourists are not used to seeing people eat like that (country dining without silverware, that is, although a silver fork lies in the second calabash of food). For example, when tourists visit Grenada, they go to local restaurants where they are served food that requires the use of knives and forks. These visitors never get to see Grenadian people eating food with their hands. Tourists hardly ever see the alternative way of eating—without silverware.

What is really happening here? (Addressed to the whole group—alternatively what does the photograph represent?)

In a nutshell, some of the representations of the “Country Dining: Come Dine Like Me: Calabash Etiquette” photo are as follows: satisfaction or pleasure, nourishment, Grenada’s national dish: oil down, youthfulness, different view, tradition, conservation, freedom in eating: informal dining (no boundaries), and focus. Together the ideas of satisfaction, pleasure, and nourishment are associated with Grenada extending itself to others in caring ways. By continuum, the image of “Country Dining” means that Grenada is comfortable with itself—its inner child—as well as the island-nation is at ease in regards to its rapport with others. What is significant about cooking and eating oil down (Grenada’s national dish) is that as a special meal that requires a diverse amount of ingredients and takes some time to cook, the island-nation has gone out of its way to entertain its guests, whether they are local, regional, or international. In contrast, the oil down implies that Grenada’s efforts have been ignored. Therefore, the island feels somewhat underappreciated in its dealings with its alleys. Also the triad of youthfulness, different view, and tradition are associated with the desire to experience life at its basic levels in terms of self-reliance and self-sufficiency as well as certain traditions can become cultural obstacles for visitors or the locals to overcome. Finally, the last set of motifs: conservation, freedom in eating: informal dining (no boundaries), and focus signifies not only that Grenada might not be in control of its affairs, but also that the island might be positioning itself to recapture its livelihood, through a single-mindedness that asserts that one has (to sometimes) soothe one’s rivals with heaps of kindness and lots of food to warm their bellies.

PHOTO Title: Country Dining: Come Dine Like Me: Calabash Etiquette

Photograph Location: Mama Canne, St. Andrew’s

Photographer: Iva Williams