A historical artefact which belonged to Joseph Chatoyer, the Garifuna Chief who led a revolt against the British colonial government of St Vincent and the Grenadines in 1795, is lying at the West India Committee in the UK.
Chatoyer is a national hero of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The West India Committee is a UK registered charity and Royal Charter institution that is custodian of a UNESCO inscribed library and collection on the Caribbean and a Consulting NGO of UNESCO on small island developing nations and heritage.
On Monday, Blondel Cluff CBE, Chief Executive of the West India Committee met with High Commissioner for St Vincent and the Grenadines Cenio Lewis to discuss how they may work together on the national hero, Chatoyer, whose heritage is an intrinsic part of the history of the Caribbean and UK.
SVG’s Minister of Finance and the Economy, Camillo Gonsalves in a tweet noted that the item in the photo is a ‘punch ladle’ that belonged to SVG’s National Hero, Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer.
The minister tweeted: “Our High Commissioner is attempting to recover this historical artefact from the West India Commission in the UK. Let’s reclaim our history!”
“‘punch ladle of Chatoyer, Chief of the Caribs, 1773: presented to the West India Committee by G. MacGregor Frame, Esq.’ This is a carved calabash cup about 3 in. in diameter fitted with a metal rim and polished wooden handle.”
St Vincent and the Grenadines recently had a collection of artefacts repatriated to its shores, which were recovered by the FBI in the United States.