The Conceptual Vision for the development of the Village states that it is to be:
A physical space that is continuously used for the regeneration of Knowledge, re-establishment of first People’s values, behavioural patterns and traditions for the ongoing development of sustainable living systems, protecting the environment, sharing the natural resources with the rest of the population and living in harmony with neighbours and nature. The land is therefore appropriately placed within the Forest Reserve
The Conceptual Mission is:
To establish and maintain a spiritual space and physical place that would conserve, preserve and sustain the cultural legacies of the peoples of the First Nations in Kairi (Trinidad) while consolidating their Community.
In this regard the Santa Rosa First Peoples (Carib) community proposes to consolidate all descendants of First Peoples in Trinidad and Tobago; to work proactively with all communities, individuals and interest groups – locally, regionally and internationally – who share the common interests of these indigenous traditions, philosophies and belief systems.
Planning Principles for the development of The Master Plan for the establishment of the site and facilities for an integrated Amerindian Village and Living Museum
Out of the Community’s Conceptual Vision and Mission, a set of planning principles has been articulated for the development of the Model Amerindian Village. These planning principles were to guide the developers and the Santa Rosa Community to undertake the following:
Create a holistic, model Amerindian village and living museum that reflects good neighbourly behaviour through community engagement.
The Vision, Mission and Planning Principles would guide, among other things, the establishment of sustainable, multidisciplinary living systems (Agriculture and food-processing and preservation practises, natural resources, manufacturing, housing, water and energy) based on the concept of indigenous philosophies and traditions, their self-governing policies, strategies, techniques, performative traditions, education and training programmes and institutions with moral and ethical standards for the sharing of the natural resources.
The justification for this specific development is based on historical facts, both oral and written. It delineates their unique philosophy of life from the Pre-Columbian, Amerindian Administration, It continues the Saga of the miscegenation and alienation of all native peoples from Kairi resulting in their inheritance of loss of the whole country and then the last straw, the loss of 1320 acres in Arima allocated for their sole use.
The Plan speaks of the need for the Santa Rosa community to take responsibility for their current and future development. It justifies this by citing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which if implemented will correct the Distorted History of the First Peoples.
The Plan is justified on the grounds that there is the need to develop a Space for All Aspects of the Spiritual and Cultural Traditions of the First Peoples of Kairi. These will include but not be restricted to the following projects to be incorporated into the Programme for the establishment of the Model Amerindian Village:
The identification and acquisition of adequate acreage of land under the jurisdiction and control of the First Peoples –. It will include but not be restricted to acreages for the following:
- Agriculture – The establishment of plots for the growing of cocoa, coffee, fruit trees, banana, cassava and other root crops
- Agro-processing of the produce of the above
- The establishment of nature trails among the tree and root crops cultivation;
- Handicraft and other artisanal crafts centre
- A bird-watching post especially for the Colibri or Humming Bird (The Colibri is one of the sacred birds of the First Peoples. One bird watching site already exists at Arima, the other a Colibri watching project is in the Maracas Valley, but on a small scale)
- A cafeteria, snack and gift shop selling the products of the agro- processing units and the other projects within the village
- A guest house and a spiritual centre (where the guests and members can come and pray, meditate and commune with the universal consciousness).
- An audiovisual Library and archive containing:
- The Memories of those elders of the first peoples throughout the country and possibly the Caribbean and South America who used to visit Trinidad. To be recorded in an audio-visual medium for replay.
- Copies of all documents (originals and copies}, hard and electronic, for storage in several mediums and at several sites; the Centre, NALIS and the National Archives of T&T.
- A teaching learning centre for the inculcation and transference of the languages, education and training of crafts, skills and sculptures (wood sculptures, boats, paddles, grain sifters and previously taught and practised by First Peoples in Kairi/Cairi
- A Museum of artefacts
- An appropriate theatre for related public performances of First Peoples Rituals and Festivals.
- Appropriate office living quarters for selected important members of the Community
- Appropriate landscaping and maintenance of the Village.
An administrative complex cum research centre to undertake;
Continuous development and continuous sourcing of financial and human resources/funding for the conceptualisation, operations and maintenance of the physical plant and equipment.
The continuous preparation of projects required within the village, their detailed planning and phased implementation of such specific projects identified above to be undertaken with the guidance and supervision of the First Peoples Nation of Kairi. The Research Centre will include research on but not be limited to:
The research, writing and publication of the factual history of the First Nation Peoples of Kairi and thereafter their inclusion into all historical, educational and literary aspects of the education system of the country.
The preparation of a Dictionary of the languages of the First Peoples of Kairi.
The collections of all writings (including colonial writings) on the First Peoples of Cairi and those from neighbouring countries which referred to The First Peoples Nation of Kairi.
The documentation, both in literature, paintings, artisanal works, sculpture and videography an all aspects the rituals and festivals of the first Peoples of Cairi.
The research and documentation of herbs, plants and other ingredients and products of the medicinal value of first Peoples that constituted natural/herbal medicines for marketable purposes.
The undertaking of research, identification and documentation of the various major sacred/energy/power spots of the various tribes (Nepuyo, Lokono, Warao, Garifuna and Shebaio) throughout the country and the preparation of outline briefs for their physical and spiritual reactivation and establishment into sacred places/spots/ Parks of Trinidad and Tobago e.g. Aripo, Arima, Anaparima Hill (San Fernando Hill) Tamana, Maracas, Caura, Tacarigua, Siparia etc. This must be a programme incorporated within the realm of our natural heritage and be an integral part of the Natural Trust of T&T.
The established and integrated preparation and processing area for (all of) the foods that formed parts of the diets of the First Peoples will prepare and process First Peoples’ food recipes and actual daily preparations of snack meals (such as tapas- paimes, pones, pastels, arepas, farine, cassava breads including juices and other beverages), pastries and other condiments for sale.
The official recognition of the First Peoples of Kairi as an indispensable, incontestable fact of Trinidad and Tobago’s existence and history and hence their inclusion into all aspect of the growth and development of the socioeconomic, spiritual and sovereign nation of Kairi/Trinidad and Tobago.
All of these are aligned with the broad goals of national development.