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"When the indigenous people were here they tried to write their own history...they wrote it on stone, and in caves (petroglyphs).  The next time around, they asked the persons who were there with them on the island to write it for them. And the English wrote their point of view. Now the time has come for those of us who are born in the West Indies...we are redefining the terms; we are almost re-writing history and certainly giving a different interpretation to what was there, and what was written before."
-Doc Adams, Local Historian

Carib Warrior


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"Offering an important look at a long-forgotten history, this powerful film is also a marvelous tribute to the indefatigable spirit of a people who refused to disappear. Highly recommended."
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-Video Librarian

"A tautly edited, succinctly recounted tale of a proud people seeking to rediscover themselves that’s well worth viewing for those interested in the history and anthropology of a rich, distinctive legacy."
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-Library Journal, Brent Marchant, Chicago

"Andrea Leland has produced a documentary film that is emotionally perceptive, culturally sensitive, and visually rich. I recommend it highly."
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-Virginia Kerns, Ph.D.,
Professor Emerita of Anthropology, College of William and Mary,
author of Women and the Ancestors: Black Carib Kinship and Ritual

"The film is most appropriate for a people struggling to throw away a shameful past as they rediscover their true history. This applies to indigenous peoples, afro-descendants, and any other people to whom cultural revitalization is a painful process."
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-Joseph O. Palacio, PhD Anthropology

"This film will be a great resource for any student of Caribbean history or culture as will her extensive production materials which are proudly housed at the Center for Black Music Research."
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-Monica Hairston O'Connell, Ph.D., Executive Director
Center for Black Music Research, Colombia College, Chicago

"Leland presents the Caribe story with gorgeous video images, individual commentaries, and lots of music and dance. This film is highly recommended."
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-Morris A. Phibbs, Deputy Director
Center for Black Music Research, Colombia College, Chicago

"The film Yurumein (Homeland): the Story of the Caribs of St. Vincent, is a moving portrayal of reflections on the history and subsequent cultural genocide of the indigenous people of St. Vincent in the eastern Caribbean. The film captures the thoughts and raw emotions of individuals of the Garifuna Diaspora from Los Angeles, Honduras, and Belize who return to Yurumein (the indigenous word for St. Vincent), the homeland or place origin of the people. Yurumein (Homeland) . . . affectively blends personal reflections with historical and cultural data that make the film appropriate for novice viewers as well as scholars and students of the arts, humanities, and social sciences."
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-Oliver N. Greene, PhD Ethnomusicology
Georgia State University