I just got a new toy!! Yes, it is a real indian bow and arrow. Two arrows, actually. The bow is hand carved from wild pijebye and is very strong. The arrows are longer than the bow and made of wild cane, left to dry for weeks. The arrowheads were beaten and filed, then tied […]
Rama Cay is a tiny, tiny island located just a few miles south of Bluefields. It is home to a population of 900 – 1,000 Rama Cay indians, the most densely populated concentration of indigenous people on the coast. Life in Rama Cay is simple: fishing in the bay, farming on the mainland and raising children in […]
“No, you aren’t invited!” Tbone looked at me with a blank expression…he is a tough guy to read. I explained that it isn’t him personally, but I had spent months planning this trip for two people, Guthry and myself, and three was a crowd. We had planned to walk along the coast to San Juan […]
Click on the poster to get a closer look. As seen in Rama Cay health center (helt senta as dem sey en kriol). Let me know if you get hung up on any of the wurdz.
“Dis is where all a dem wan to be,” said the rasta chipping coconuts on the beach. His creole accent was thick, but it wasn’t hard to understand what he was saying. “Dis” is the Caribbean coast. “All a dem” is everybody who isn’t on the Caribbean coast. Finding your way off the tourist trail […]
The Rama indians number only a few thousand dispersed throughout ten communities on the southern Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. The majority live on the tiny island of Rama Cay, a rock peppered with palm trees and palm roofs. On the south end of the island is the school, on the north, the church. It was […]
What? Diarrrhea? With three Rs? General bad feelings? This human influenza ain’t no joke! This is a public health poster I found hanging up outside the clinic in Rama Cay informing residents of the dangers, symptoms and prevention of the flu. How could I not take a photo?
The Indiana Jones in me considered it adventuring at the time. This is a trip to Rama Cay I made in a traditional dugout sailing canoe.