Journal of the Department of Behavioural Sciences
Vol. 1, (1), March 2012
CULTURE CONTACT: TRINIDAD "PRE-HISTORY", HISTORICAL REPRESENTATION AND MULTICULTURALISM
Dylan Kerrigan
The narrative of events in this paper connects Trinidadian "pre-history" to present discourses on multiculturalism. This narrative form is chosen to help conceptualise how social groupings are made textually, how people(s) become essentialised, named, represented and who has/had the power to do this. This descriptive method is chosen to aid understanding of the way historical work contributes to Western colonial stereotypes and erases alternative pictures of the past. The paper considers the question of whether multiculturalism is simply a term that comes into existence in the 1960s and 70s as a form of government policy in white settler nations such as Canada, the USA and Australia, or if indigenous, non-legislative forms of multiculturalism can be established in the pre-historical era of the Caribbean too.