Why Matelot? Is what many people may be wondering. What is the draw to this area? Why do residents think this could be a tourist destination?
We had the pleasure of working with some very talented Matelot natives in exploring the local culture. Michelle, one of the founding members of the Dorca’s Women’s Group spent an afternoon demonstrating head wraps and dress wraps using a Parea, which is a piece of cloth that can be made of a variety of fabrics with different patterns that can be tied or pinned to create head wraps, dresses, skirts, shirts and other articles of clothing.
Our main instructor in the field of fruits, nuts, and other vegetation was Mr. Jose. Mr. Jose is a Matelot native who lives on the back road of the community. Matelot is basically situated on two hills – the main road runs up and down these hills and the two additional roads circle around the outside, one on the coast and the other up on a ridge in the back. Mr. Jose lived on the ridge.
The DORCAS Women’s Group was established about four years ago by Beulah, Michelle, and another woman in the village. “How much housekeeping can one do?” Miss Beulah said to me in explaining the idea for the group.