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The flag of Dominica was adopted in 1978, with some small changes being made in 1981, 1988, and 1990. The flag features a green background. A red circle at the centre features a Sisserou Parrot (Amazona imperialis) surrounded by ten green stars, which represent the island's ten parishes. Four strips of three coloured bands (yellow, black and white) radiate horizontally and vertically from the circle.
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 "Carib Territory"
Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" due to its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty. It is one of the youngest islands in the Lesser Antilles, and it is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal and bird species. .
There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture
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Dominica's Caribs now live in eight villages within the 3,700 acres of land on the east coast of Dominica known as the ‘Carib Territory’.
Dominica's Caribs now live in eight villages within the 3,700 acres of land on the east coast of Dominica known as the ‘Carib Territory’.
Dominica's Caribs now live in eight villages within the 3,700 acres of land on the east coast of Dominica known as the ‘Carib Territory’.
Carib Territory

Dominica's Caribs now live in eight villages within the 3,700 acres of land on the east coast of Dominica known as the Carib Territory’.

This land was allocated to them in 1903.

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Their ancestors had come from South America, sailing down the Orinoco river in dugout canoes, they settled on the rugged islands in order to protect themselves from enemies.
"Carib Territory"

In 1493, Christopher Columbus landed in Dominica in search of gold and fortune. However he found only rivers, mountains, rich red volcanic soil and the Caribs!

They welcomed Columbus and his men and in return Columbus worked and exploited them, almost to the verge of extinction.

"Carib Territory"
"Carib Territory"
The Caribs in Dominica, after years of brutal treatment by the Spanish, French and English, now number approximately 3,000. They elect their own chief who holds the position for 4 years and also have a representative in the house of assembly. In July 2004 saw Charles Williams elected as Carib Chief.

They tend to keep to themselves and their culture has remained very much unchanged compared to other areas of the island.

They are a warm and friendly people, living in peace and harmony, relying on the earth and the sea for a living.

Many women in the ‘Carib Territory’ weave beautiful baskets that are sold to tourist as souvenirs.

One is flung centuries back into a cool, calm place amidst a most beautiful group of people.

"Carib Territory"

Seen here the Carib Indians receiving their Make Jesus Smile gifts last Christmas.

SPECIFIC HEALTH PROBLEMS IN DOMINICA

Research has shown that families with an alcoholic member live in environments that are disorganized and unstable, said Dr. Grant. "Children of alcoholics may be neglected or abused and frequently face economic hardship and social isolation.

Seen here the Carib Indians receiving their Make Jesus Smile gifts last Christmas.

They also are vulnerable to psychopathology and medical problems, including an increased risk for themselves developing alcohol abuse or alcohol alcoholism."

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Seen here the Carib Indians receiving their Make Jesus Smile gifts last Christmas.

According to Dr. Gordis, "These findings once again call attention to the enormous impact of alcohol in our country and the need to confront its social, health, and economic consequences head on."

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