A75T6X Taino Indian petroglyphs on basalt rock on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts

First things first: the Caribbean’s First Peoples

The Caribbean’s First Peoples shaped our landscapes, language, and culture — and across the region, our indigenous heritage remains within reach, if you know where to look.

Kira Williams. Photo by Sabrina Simon

Kira Williams: “this life-changing thing we call yoga”

Jamaican Ashtanga yoga instructor Kira Williams on the importance of strength, flexibility, and routine — as told to Kelly Baker Josephs.

Photo by Chris Fox-Kelly

Fly gal style

Jamaican designer Samantha Black makes unconventional clothes for “NYC fly gals”.

Photo by Marcin Sylwia Ciesielski/shutterstock.com

Port Antonio, Jamaica

Most charming of Jamaica’s north coast towns, Port Antonio once owed its fortunes to the banana trade — and nowadays is a laid-back escape from crowded all-inclusive resorts.

Writer Marlon James. Photograph by Jeffrey Skemp

The book of James — Marlon James

His award-winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings has earned Jamaican Marlon James the kind of acclaim most writers only dream of. But why, asks Annie Paul, have so few Jamaican authors tackled the darker twists of their history?.

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Dustin Brown: Ride, Natty, Ride

Dustin Brown didn’t make it to the Wimbledon finals, but he still conquered Jamaican affections, on- and offline.

Photograph courtesy Aruba Reusable Bag

The garbage problem: the Caribbean tackles recycling

Disposing of garbage is a growing concern for small islands with limited space for landfills. Aruba is tackling it head-on with an ambitious recycling programme, Nazma Muller explains — are other Caribbean countries following suit?.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

On holy ground: Noel Dyer

When Jamaican Noel Dyer arrived in Ethiopia fifty years ago, he discovered the promised land for Rastafarians was a work in progress. James Ferguson tells the story.

Kingston Dub Club founder Gabre Selassie. Photograph by Matthew Henry

Dubbing is a must

In recent years, the Jamaican music scene has been gripped by a “Reggae Revival,” and the movement’s ground zero is a weekly gathering of musicians and fans high in the hills above Kingston. David Katz treks up to the Kingston Dub Club and meets founder DJ Gabre Selassie.

Jazz time on Pigeon Island, St Lucia. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Island Beat (May/June 2001)

Coming events around the islands.