Adonis’s deer horn necklace, called a warun, identifies him as a hunter of manicou (opossum), agouti and lappe (both large rodents), tatoo (armadillo) and quenk (wild hog) — creatures that live in the forests of Trinidad. The forest gives him medicines: he recommends the leaves of the zeb femme plant be boiled and drunk to help produce milk for breastfeeding mothers; for a snake bite, take the tref (a heart-shaped leaf), caterpillar larvae, a scorpion or centipede and a “bachac” snake; soak them in rum, and drink. The forest also gives Adonis his livelihood — he custom-builds indigenous houses; 10 in the last three years. He also fells trees for sawmills and for the Carib Centre to use as firewood to make cassava bread and pastelles in their traditional outdoor oven.
Even though he says it is an eternal struggle, Adonis works hard to invigorate what remains of Carib culture. He performs the sacred smoke ceremony to celebrate a birth, to bid the dead farewell, to bless a marriage, at the beginning of a hunting season, for a new crop, or to praise the gods for a bountiful harvest.