Developing Sustainable Community Heritage on St. Vincent; tools and ideas

Welch, C. (Speaker), Finneran, N. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Heritage is important, and has a positive social, economic and cultural role to play not only in putting a community or people on the map, but in assisting communities and individuals to develop a range of transferable skills which may lead to employment. Drs Finneran and Welch have developed an exciting and innovative sustainable community heritage toolkit which aims to help people of all walks of life to study their heritage, and sense ‘their’ place; this toolkit was shared with the Greiggs community, and also secondary school teachers on St.Vincent, in September 2018. This paper will draw on this toolkit to explore a number of ways in which heritage tourism can be developed in St. Vincent, including the recording of buildings, the capturing of oral history, and the presentation of Garifuna and Kalinago culture. It will foreground the need for a bottom up approach to heritage and suggest ways in which developing heritage tourism can provide potential employment opportunities for young people, give old and young alike a wide range of skills and abilities and an interest in life-long learning, and promote interest in Garifuna and Kalinago culture both within and outside the Caribbean.
Period13 Mar 2019
Held atExploring the Garifuna & Kalinago Heritage and Culture- Cultural Survival, Youth and Opportunities in Heritage Tourism
Event typeConference
LocationKingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Degree of RecognitionInternational