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Take a look at this wonderful production created and directed by Pierre Deschamps of Zoom Film Company. The short film showcases the life of a Dominican Rasta man and natural simplicity of his life.

Nom tèw means Man of the soil in Créole and this is precisely who the main character of this 7 1/2 minutes short film is.

Jerry Makawest is a rastaman living in harmony with mother nature, Working hard to make his living.

This humble man knows everything about nature, the soil, the rivers and the sea and use it every day with respect. He takes from the soil and gives back in return.

This man would be a good ambassador and advisor for our government in this time of environment trouble. Enjoy!

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Every last Friday before Independence Dominica celebrates Creole Day.This is day where all Dominicans wear at least some variations of the national dress – the Wob Dwiyet is the centerpiece of Dominica’s National Wear and is worn in a variety of different styles.

To celebrate Creole Day this reunion year, the Cultural Division and the Dominica Reunion Committee held a Creole Dress Parade through the streets of Roseau showcasing the different variations of Dominica’s National Wear/Dress – while parade participants and visitors dance to the sweet sounds of Jing Ping music playing in the background.

Here are some photos from the Creole Dress Parade…enjoy ❗

Dominican girls dress in creole in wear
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Dominica’s history left behind many types influences which Dominicans are still using to this date. one of these influences is the Antillean Creole, which a mixture of French and English combined with West African speech patterns. Creole has been in the Caribbean region since the 17th century, although English is known as the island’s official language.

If you’re just visiting Dominica island (welcome 🙂 ), there is a very good chance you might come across someone speaking Creole as you travel around the island. Here are some common Creole phrases and words you can try too.

1. Sa ka fete? – How are you?
2. Bon Jou – Good Day
3. Bon apwé midi – Good Afternoon
4. Bon Swe – Good Evening
5. Misysé – Sir
6. Madanm – Madam
7. Sa ki non w? – What is your name?
8. Non mwen se – My name is…
9. Jodi sé yon bél jou – Today is a beautiful day
10. ki sa ou vlé? – What do you want?
11. Mon vl̩ yon bw̩ РI want a drink
12. Kouma pou sa – How mush is it?
13. Oti pwivi la? – Where is the toilet?
14. Més – Thank you
15. Ovwa – Goodbye

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