Students at Bodden Town Primary School received a firsthand lesson on Caymanian culture Thursday (8 November) as the school held its annual heritage day celebrations. The kids learned traditions like thatch rope plaiting and lots more.
“It’s to make sure the kids understand that we value our culture and we don’t want to lose it. So they understand that it’s something we want them to know,” said Ms. Kimberly Watler.
Bodden Town primary school held its annual heritage day celebrations on Thursday and teacher Natesha Nyathi said some of Caymans favorite dishes were on the lunchtime menu.
“So here today at Bodden Town Primary School we have a wide variety of Caymanian style food. We have cassava, cake rum cake without the rum, Cayman style beef, swanky, coconut water, conch, and turtle stew,” said Ms. Nyathi.
Student Camille Fairon said the event opened her eyes to all things Caymanian.
“We’re learning about all the traditions of the Cayman Islands and so far I’ve seen the traditional foods, the maple dance some of the games. I’ve seen rope making, thatch making and it’s really fun to learn about the tradition and I’m learning a lot,” said Ms. Fairon.
East End resident Gerlo Rankine was the centre of attention as he shared his fish catching skills.
“I’m making a jack net, the net can catch jacks or gorgleyes (type of fish,) either one and I’ve been doing this since I was a young boy,” said Mr. Rankine.
Student Kalie Henry was showing off some of what she learned at the school’s heritage day.
“I started a silver thatch rope. To make a braid and there are two sides, one with two and one with three, you need to take the side with three and put the last one between the first and second one,” said Ms. Henry.
Cayman’s Heritage Arts Program Partnered with Tourism Minister Hon. Moses Kirkconnell to help make the heritage day a success.