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6.1000 6.2850 6.4500
4.5157 4.7534 5.0448
9.0335 9.5089 10.1918
6.4294 6.7678 7.2659
****** 0.0513 0.0544
2.1190 2.3033 2.4899
* 2.5770 ****** 3.3331
FOR NOVEMBER 13, 2015
My name is Irtha Daniel and I do many things!
I m born and raised in Trinidad but I ve lived
in Tobago for the last five years. I first fell in love
with Tobago s beauty: every day you wake up, it s
such a beautiful day.
I live a pretty quiet part of Buccoo. Sunday
School is my favourite liming spot. It s open
air, you have people selling craft and games.
But a little after 3pm is my cut-off time. The music
changes and the crowd changes and there s a little
seedy vibe and that s the time to go home.
I have one child, a daughter, Terah-Leigh,
who ll be 15 soon. Her dad lives in Arima, in
Trinidad. We re not together but we re friends now.
I came to Tobago to do community work with
UNICEF on a pilot project in Speyside called
"Nurturing a Child-Friendly Community". Even
though Tobago is so beautiful and so bountiful, you
find that a lot of children are neglected or actually
suffering a little bit.
People get so trapped in religion! Like, say,
you need to get some papers by Monday, and
you go to the office and wait for hours. And
then you feel God has to do something for you.
That s a big part of our collective personality. If we
didn t have this "faith", we d get up and do things
for ourselves. And, if we grew up with the attitude
that we all had to do our jobs, we wouldn t have God
or the Devil to blame.
People are becoming a lot more materialistic
in Tobago. A big part of the problem with us,
as Trinbagonians, is what we think of as
"progress". I might have a flat screen TV or a par-
ticular car but that doesn t mean I ve done something;
in fact, it doesn t mean anything!
I was born and raised Catholic but my mom
is now Buddhist. I m not Buddhist, just open.
I ll go to Catholic church with my granny, if she asks
me. My daughter was never baptised. Never vacci-
nated, either, but that s a next story!
My faith is I believe in the universe and that
we re always learning and growing. And that s
the purpose of life. So it s about having some moral
responsibility to life, some honour.
I come from a very mixed family. I have Chi-
nese, Amerindian, Spanish, some
French and some African. I m the
fourth of seven children and the
middle of three daughters. Neither
the big nor the little daughter but
the left out one in the corner! I m
also the brownest one, the one that
looks the most Carib. Everybody else
looks much more Chinese. Ever since
I m small, I ve been a loner.
For the past ten years, I ve loved
making sandals, slippers, bags,
woodwork, whatever I feel like and
put my hands on. Being creative is
something that comes naturally, not
just to me, but to a lot of people in
My dad calls TV "the idiot box".
So we grew up reading and playing
Art must make you see some-
thing in a new or different light.
Otherwise it s just telling me that the
flower is pretty; and I know that already.
My dad and I are close. We talk
on the phone all the time. He s been
living in the US for a long time.
places to visit. I ve never been.
The best part about doing many
things is you really get to explore
and open up different facets of
yourself. As you realise you re able to
do something you only conceptualised,
you realise you can do more than you
The down side of doing many
things is not making a lot of
money---and that could be "not a
down side", depending on how you
look at life. I think it s important to
do what makes you happy, even if that
means doing many things.
A Trinbagonian is a naturally
creative person. Port-of-Spain [is]
amazing: the juxtaposition of nat-
uralness---and yet you see so many
vagrants. It s kinda gritty---but pretty.
And that s what I think makes us cre-
T&T, the land itself, I feel so close
to it. I ve been to other places---London,
Germany, Denmark---but I belong to
this land. I could only be from this
Read a longer version of this fea-
ture at www.BCRaw.com
Forget God and do it yourself
Irtha Daniel, a little woman who does a lot, displays
some of her handmade art and craft.
TRINI TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
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