Past | Dominica Story Project

In April 2021 Student Interns from The Create Caribbean Institute at Dominica State College conducted a series of interviews with residents of Loubiere a village in southwest Dominica (Lesser Antilles) that was deeply affected by hurricane Maria in 2017.

The young interviewees (also Maria-survivors) asked questions about:

- earlier storms like Hurricane David, asked how the interviewees lives
- livelihoods and community have been affected by storms
- asked what recovery/healing might mean for their community four years on from Maria
- and asked about their hopes for the future.
  • A Journey Through Storms Past

    Notes from an Archive Internship [originally published 31.5.21] https://soundcloud.com/cccproject767/kaila-ann-guiste-surviving-storms-past-podcast From March 2nd, 2021 I undertook an internship at the Documentation Centre in Roseau, Dominica. Even typ …
  • Judith Peters: A Dominican Farmer’s Oral History

    A short film by Tiana Smith, Sydney Thomas and Naomi Celestine.  Directed by Adom Philogene Heron and Annabel Wilson. Executive production, Samantha Sweeting.  Judith tells her story of growing up in banana farming, raising her family, the tr …
  • Surviving Storms Past | Women Farmer Oral Histories | Lillian Marcelin + Octavia Hunter | Calibishie

    A short film By Cecilia Green and Michael Lees following the life journeys of Lillian Marcelin and Octavia Hunter, two women farmers from Calibishie, north eastern Dominica. The women’s oral histories track their personal journeys in farming, from chil …
  • Hurricane of 1930 | Administrator’s Dispatch

    Access the documents: Photographic Damage Report Photos Various Dispatch Documents (administrator damage and weather reports, newspaper cuttings, telegraphs) Dispatch Letter on Destruction to Lime Crops Description by Anouk: This box, titled ‘Hurricane …
  • Hurricane of 1916, Governor’s Dispatch

    Access the document here Description by Kaila-Ann Guiste: This collection of dispatches from the colonial governor in charge of Dominica in 1916 contains normal and mandatory records of being stationed and other government matters of employment. The se …
  • Hurricane of 1834, Governor’s Dispatch

    Access the document here Description by Kaila-Ann Guiste: This year of dispatches are handwritten, and a bound section gives reports of a hurricane. It reports a major hurricane on the night of the 20th of September 1834. The bound stack of dispatches …