Embracing heritage at Pedro

What better place for tourists to embrace the rich cultural heritage of the Caymanian people than Pedro St. James.

On Tuesday a combined effort between the Department of Tourism, Cayman Traditional Arts, and Pedro St. James provided such an opportunity.

Showcased was a variety of historic demonstrations, roles our ancestors played in bringing these islands to the forefront, art displays and traditional foods.

The day was filled with much to see and do as visitors joined in the number of activities and demonstrations provided.

Not only was it a wonderful occasion for visitors to have some extra fun and come away from vacation with an enriching memory, but for locals to also learn more about their heritage.

At the event cooks dressed in old time plaid dresses and wide brim straw hats, handed out samples of fried fritters cooked in the outside kitchen.

Demonstrations in rope making, turtle netting, conch shell blowing, fish pot making, preparing plantain trash to make beds, cassava and coconut grating, basket weaving, womper making were also highlighted

Visitors also visited Pedro St. James history photo gallery and the movie theatre, which told the story of the castle and the happenings that took place there.

For all locals who do not know where the birth place of democracy took place and where a number of your slave forefathers were released, it is strongly recommend that you visit Pedro St. James.

The realistic re-enactment that is brought to light in the movie house lets you experience the early days complete with smoking pans, misting rains, lightening, thunder, mosquitoes and two film screens presenting the Pedro St. James story.

At these events you can also learn how Caymanians survived early days without outside help, made a living through farming, turtling, rope making and ship building.

In addition there was a bouncing castle for children to enjoy while parents tried their hand at the many demonstrations taking place. .

The heritage event will again take place on the 17 and 23 of January at Pedro St. James. All are encouraged to visit the event with their families.