The establishment of a Folk Research Centre was originally proposed in 1981 by Alwin Bully to be housed at the Old Mill Cultural Centre. This centre was opened in 1989 at the opening of DOMFESTA Celebrations. The National Cultural Council (NCC) is responsible for the overall functioning of the Folk Research Centre space at the Old Mill.
The purpose of the Folk Research Centre is to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Dominica.
Areas of Focus Include:
- Indigenous People
- Creole Studies
- Music and Instruments
- Arts and Crafts
- Agriculture and Fishing
- Other Folk Traditions
Broad Objectives are:
- To promote research into and preservation of the culture through:
- Research and collection of data on Dominica Folk Traditions both here and abroad.
- Analysis, compilation, publication and dissemination of information.
- Provision of a reference library as a source for researchers and students alike.
- To contribute to cultural development of our people by:
- Promoting the use of/and appreciation of creole in contemporary life.
- Monitor cultural research by all persons and institutions.
- To organize and implement research/document training programmes.
Work of KEK
KEK, the abbreviated form for “Konmité pou Etid Kwéyòl” (Committee for the Study of Creole), has among its objectives to foster a deeper awareness and respect for our Mother Tongue – Kwéyòl. KEK was established in 1981.
KEK’s early activities included literacy classes and the celebration of Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day). The first Kwéyòl day was held in October 1981 and has been held ever since. Simenn Kwéyòl (Creole Week) has been held since 1986. This week starts on Jounen Eritaj (Heritage Day), that is, the Sunday preceding Jounen Kwéyòl which is celebrated on the last Friday in October.
KEK has published several books on various oral traditions such as proverbs and riddles (timtim) and a Kwéyòl-English dictionary.