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What makes a Caymanian? New book tackles tough question

A new book takes a look at the dividing line between new Caymanians and old Caymanians.

Who claims the right to call themselves a true Caymanian?
UCCI Assistant Professor and author Christopher Williams said it’s a question many grapple with on our island.

He said with growing outside influence, from both sides of the pond, a lot of what used to be considered Caymanian is falling by the wayside.

“I find it difficult to locate any true practice of Caymanian culture of old, I find it difficult,” said Mr. Williams. “If you think about the district heritage days, you know, those are one-offs I guess, but on a day-to-day basis, how do native Caymanians practice their traditional culture? I really don’t see it.”

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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