Historic Amerindian Trail Hike

June 30th 2024 - Celebrating Heritage Month!
Start - River Bay Hike to Animal Flower Cave - Return

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Hike Difficulty: Easy

Flat, mostly along the St. Lucy coastline and expected to last between 2 and 3 hours

Among the various significant routes traversed by these indigenous peoples, the path between River Bay and Archers Bay stands out for its historical importance in daily survival and community life.

A Vital Corridor for Survival

The stretch from River Bay to Archers Bay, located along the northwestern coast of Barbados, served as a critical corridor for Amerindian travel. This area, with its diverse landscapes and abundant resources, provided essential sustenance and shelter. The Amerindians relied heavily on the natural bounty of this region, exploiting the rich marine life along the coast and the fertile grounds inland.

  • Food Sources: The coastal waters between River Bay and Archers Bay teemed with fish and other marine resources, making fishing a primary activity. The lush forests and fertile valleys also offered an array of edible plants, fruits, and small game, ensuring a varied diet for the Amerindian communities.
  • Shelter: Natural shelters such as caves and overhanging cliffs provided refuge from the elements. These natural formations were often utilized as temporary campsites during long journeys or as lookout points for community protection.

Archaeological Significance

The historical route between River Bay and Archers Bay is not just a path through nature; it is a journey through time. The Amerindian presence has left behind a trail of artefacts that offer glimpses into their daily lives and practices. Pottery shards, stone tools, and remnants of ancient settlements are often discovered in this area, providing valuable insights for archaeologists and historians.

Modern Exploration and Artefact Discovery

For those embarking on the upcoming hike between River Bay and Archers Bay, the potential to uncover artefacts remains a thrilling possibility. Enthusiastic hikers and amateur archaeologists should keep a keen eye on the ground, especially in areas near water sources and natural shelters where the Amerindians would have likely congregated.

  • What to Look For: Small, worked stones, pottery fragments with distinctive patterns, and unusual arrangements of rocks could be remnants of the past. Any such finds should be reported to local authorities or heritage organizations to ensure they are preserved and studied properly.
  • Respecting the Past: While the excitement of discovering artefacts can be immense, it is crucial to approach these finds with respect. Removing artefacts from their context can strip them of valuable information, so it is best to document and report rather than disturb these historical treasures.

Conclusion

The hike from River Bay to Archers Bay is more than just a scenic adventure; it is a walk through the footsteps of Barbados’ earliest inhabitants. The Amerindians’ reliance on this corridor for food and shelter underscores the enduring connection between the land and its people. Modern hikers have the unique opportunity to touch pieces of history, bridging the past and present while appreciating the island’s rich cultural heritage. Whether one discovers an ancient artefact or simply enjoys the natural beauty, this journey offers a profound connection to the legacy of Barbados’ first people.

Addons: Limited Edition Hand Made Plaque of Barbados

A perfect gift, get this beautiful limited edition hand made plaque of our island Barbados. The front features a 3D representation of the island’s topography. The back, a map of its underground streams.

TEL: 1 (246) 426 2421
Email: info@barbadosnationaltrust.com

June 30th
3:00pm
Meeting Point: River Bay

Adults: $30 BBD
Children can attend for free and are welcome, but we cannot provide a shirt. For additional shirts we will request a $30 donation per shirt.

Make sure you come wearing your BNT shirt, enclosed shoes and breathable pants! Don’t forget your water, hats, sunscreen and cameras!

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