ATABEY


Atabey is a series of  women from or carrying the ancestral blood of the West Indies. Some with fruits that we grow and share throughout the Caribbean. These fruits are highly significant to our culture and are so familiar to the anatomy of a woman herself. A fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants formed from the ovary after flowering. They also relate to the migration of our people. Most of these fruits traveled from Asia and Africa with the indentured immigrants. 


This is where I play with challenging stereotypes of the Caribbean woman, using tropical backdrops, dirt on the hands and feet and a leather fridge skirt that represents the native people, their work on the plantations or in their own homes to plant the seeds that bare our existing agriculture.


So far we have Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica Republic and Haiti. Stay tuned for the more.

Atabey is the supreme goddess of the Taínos. She is the female entity who represents the Earth Spirit and the Spirit of all horizontal water, lakes, streams, the sea and fertility, a nurturing maternal figure. She was one of the most important for the native tribes that inhabited the Caribbean islands of the Antilles.


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