One Island, Two Stories: Tradition, Ritual and Identity in Barbuda, West Indies


Barbuda, the small sister island to Antigua, provides a unique geographically bound island context for the study of human-environmental interactions over the last 6000 years. Today, Barbuda’s national animal is the fallow deer, Dama dama dama, a species that is native to a small area of Anatolia but that has been transported around the world by people. According to historical accounts, fallow deer were imported to Barbuda, from England, by the Codrington family, the island’s primary leaseholders during the Colonial period, who sought to establish both a British colony and lifestyle upon the island. In addition to fallow deer a number of other species were imported such as chickens, turkeys, horses, cats, donkeys, etc. While colonial powers were replicating the idea of home in the British perspective, archaeological evidence and current island practices suggest enslaved peoples used both local and introduced species. The subsistence, tradition and identity of both peoples shaped the Barbuda and Barbudans of today and will be investigated through the analysis of faunal remains from relevant sites.

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One Island, Two Stories: Tradition, Ritual and Identity in Barbuda, West Indies. Sophia Perdikaris, Allison Bain, Sandrine Grouard, Naomi Sykes, Stephan Noel. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403803)


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