Photo Credit: Daishell Bethel, 2012

A not uncommon sight in Carriacou and Petite Martinique are skeletal boat frames, like the one pictured here, along beaches, under trees, or in backyards. The islands’ famed boatbuilders craft these traditional vessels for fishing and carrying people and produce between the islands. The age-old craft of boat building remains a celebration of the everyday craftsmanship, utility and culture of Grenadine island life. Several ceremonies and festivals are associated with boat building, boat launching and regattas.

The boatbuilding was documented during early 2021 in Carriacou and Petite Martinique with the idea to propose this Living Heritage element at the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO) by Grenada Tourism Authority.

Special recognition to ICH-Practitioners:
Alwin Enoe
Baldwin DeRoche
Benson Patrice
Donald Rock
Frank Allard
Joan Patrice
Leo Joseph
Paul Bethel
Terrence & Rhonda McLawren
Verrol Compton

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