May 6, 2006
South Asian Heritage Day event
at the Vedic Cultural Centre Arya Samaj Temple.
The lady is Indo-Guyanese said that she is Madrasee.
This type of headwear is still common in Guyana.
Since the Canadian census does not track ethnicity breakdown of Canadians who originated from the Caribbean, the size of the Indo-Caribbean population in Canada can only be estimated and it is sometimes quoted to be in excess of 150,000 including offspring born in Canada.
Part of that exhibition includes a “logie” or dwelling where indentured Indians used to love on the sugar plantations in the Caribbean. The version seen in the photograph is scaled-down.
The vast majority of Indian indentured workers who went to the English speaking Caribbean originated from North India, mainly from what is now Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Today, Tamil is only used in South Indian Hindu ceremonies in Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago.
Photo and text by Martin Latchana
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