Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 3rd 2014 Contents My name is Linda Daniel and I make
jewels from coconut pieces, coral,
seashells and hematite stone I find on
the beach in Tobago.
I come from a small family: my
mom, my stepfather, two sisters and
myself and a brother. I m the eldest
for my mother. I have a 14-year-old
daughter, Lauralee Greene, and a five-
year-old son, Antonio Glasgow.
My days, growing up in Parlatuvier
was really fun. We didn t know any-
thing about KFC. We go to the beach,
is like we picking green mangoes to
make chow. And we bury that green
mango in the sand, so it will get hot.
We even used to thief Mummy Golden
Ray and go down on the beach and
roast breadfruit and drink lime juice.
My kids don t know nothing bout that!
They want a box of KFC. And you find
restaurants and bars on the beach now.
But the Golden Ray and breadfruit taste
much better, taste like heaven!
I went to Castara Government Pri-
mary and hen, at the age of six or so,
I further all my studies at the Parlatu-
vier Anglican School, right on the
beachfront. Days when the sea get really
rough, it will wash up all underneath
the school. And they had was to close
off school when we had rough sea days.
I was in a bad accident in 2008 com-
ing from Mount Dillon on the lookout.
The driver probably fell asleep and the
car plunge straight over the cliff. Me
and my daughter were a passenger in
the back seat with a other passenger
in the back seat. Two persons died on
the spot, the lady in the front and the
person in the back seat. Really mashed
up! The driver is silent-mad right now.
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Me and my daughter had was to crawl from the
precipice to come up to the main road. I get injuries
on my face and hands but I didn t get any broken
bones. They rushed me to the emergency room, the
doctors get two heart beat. I was pregnant with my
son! It s a miracle why me and my two kids are here
Since the accident, I have this thing that I m not
pretty any more. Because of the scars on my face.
But me and my two kids are living a second life and
that s my story.
I go to Trinidad to buy materials sometimes but
don t spend much time. I have structured my life
to be self-employed so that I can have time with
my kids. I don t leave my kids with anybody unless
it s and emergency, I leave them with my mom.
I love rough weather when the sea comes up in
Parlatuvier and Bloody Bay: so I can go on the
beach and get my seashells, my driftwood pieces,
which I use sometimes to do some of my jewel, sea
fan also. When I go home, as soon as I get a little
spare time, I make jewel. Sometime I go out with
my kids to football, I will sit down, because I always
have my material with me in my vehicle, and I will
make up some earring pieces. Most of my pieces is
When guests come to the island, they not looking
to buy jewels from China. They re looking to buy
stuff from here. I am good with my mouth and am
able to sell my business.
I m making jewel ten-15 years now, self-taught,
I have never gone to a class anywhere to learn how
to do it. But now I have the privilege of teaching
classes to schools. And to adults, community devel-
Although I haven t travelled as yet, I m all over
the world: because my pieces have gone all over the
When you have the idea in your head and it come
out to reality, that is the best part of the job. The
bad part is when I m not getting the material to do
what I want.
I prefer Tobago a hundred per cent to Trinidad.
Especially for my kids. We sleep with our back door
open. In Trinidad, you want to trust people, but you
don t know who to trust. In Tobago, it s more like
one family, everybody knows everybody.
Tobagonians are good with our hands, meaning:
Trinidad & Tobago on the whole is all about cul-
ture, all about freedom.
'BAGO TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
She sells seashell earrings from the seashore
Read a longer version of this
feature at www.BCRaw.com
We even used to
Golden Ray and go
down on the beach
and roast breadfruit
and drink lime juice.
My kids don't know
nothing 'bout that!
They want a box of
KFC. And you find
restaurants and bars
on the beach now.
But the Golden Ray
and breadfruit taste
much better, taste
The beaches of Tobago provide the material for the
jewelry of Linda Daniel.
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