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Lor

1.My fondest childhood memories are of the summer time. Eating mangoes, tangarines and frolicking in the river.
2. My great-grandmother's home was my favourite place.
3. A guarded relationship.
4. I am living away home and I miss my childhood neighbourhood more than anything else.
5. Violent, resilient, beautiful
6. Resilient
7. Its geographic make up.
8. The Rock
9. No question about it.
10. Peace

Elspeth

Which land is your homeland, Lor?

Jan

I'm a Trinidadian living in Canada.

1. I have so many favourite memories, but the best would be of: noisy boatloads of family going down the islands for the weekend; and the colourful sights, sounds and people that inhabited the small village where my grandparents lived.

2. There is/was a palm tree at Pigeon Point where the tree grew out parallel to the water, then tipped back up at 90 degrees to return to the sun. It formed the perfect L shape so you could lounge over the water peacefully and dip your toes in the sea. Whenever I'm stressed or nervous, that's the place I go to in my mind.

3. My relationship with Trinidad, if she were a person, would be loud and animated, but warm and loving, full of jokes "picong" and slightly dangerous.

4. Living away from Trinidad, besides the obvious of missing the sunshine, lush vegetation, mountains and warm sea, I miss the warmth, wit, humour and resilience of my country men. I miss their ability to have fun and create a party. I miss their ingenuity and initiative to problem solve. Most of all, I miss the sense of being "home" and belonging.

5. Lush, Volatile, Resilient

6. I hope we share the same warmth, humour, resilience and wit.

7. Trinidad was named by Columbus for the three mountain peaks he saw as he approached the island - the trinity of mountains.

8.Trickidad

9.Definitely I am who I am because of my background.

10. Peace and an end to the mounting crime.

Shai Mohammed

Born in Port of Spain, currently live in Houston, Tx.
1. Childhood Memory:
I remember my mother playing hooky from work for her birthday. She dropped my kid brother off at daycare, and took me to school...then sped by as we drove past the familiar gates. We ended up at the beach, her in the familiar black and white bikini, me in my blue bathing suit that she'd snuck into the trunk of the car earlier that day. The day was golden, blue and warm and utterly beautiful. Years later, after she's been gone for almost ten years now, it's still her birthday we choose to remember, and usually with a celebration.

2. Favorite place:
Wow, that's a hard one. Used to be Chacacabana beach club, or the headland near my old home. Or the old frog pond in the savannah, near the botanical gardens.

3. Relationship with Trini:
An old family member, whom you've always known. The kind of person that makes the world better, just by being there, and who is always beloved, when you can finally get back to one another.

4. What would you miss:
Well, I live elsewhere now, and of all things I miss the vibrancy of the place. I miss the smells of the sea, the food, the land, the sound of that incredible trini accent, the waves and birds; the food, oh gods the food. The amazing ecumenicism of a good party, or festival. It is just such an alive place, not just at carnival, or during party time, but driving around on the way home from school or work, just the way that people live their lives.

5. 3 words:
Challenging, invigorating, beautiful.

6. How are you like your homeland:
Well, I'm ecumenical, I love a good party, I love different cultures and interesting people, and I don't suffer fools lightly.

7. Name of homeland:
Well, I think it was a decent blend of Columbus and indigenous culture...one of few such compromises.

8. Nickname:
Well, Trini. Sadly not including Tobago, except by implication. That's still what I call it.

9. Home impact on who I am:
Well, yes. A great deal of my personality was formed on the unique culture that exists there. I got to see many faiths, cultures and colours of people living functionally together, participating in and enjoying each others' differences. I got a rigorous education, inntellectual curiosity without stiffness and a great palate for good food and good times. I saw political empowerment, and people who kept learning and growing despite any restrictions of economy or circumstance. I was incredibly lucky.

10. Wish for Trini:
I want Trini to stay true to her roots, to her unique blend of culture and warmth, while still being able to make the best choices for growth. It's a hard situation to reconcile, but there's at least as much to lose as there is to gain, and growth (like the aluminum plants) needs to be tempered with prudence and foresight.

Guanaguanare

1. What favourite childhood memory do you have of your homeland?
--CATCHING FAT BLACK TADPOLES IN RAINY SEASON PONDS
2. What is your favourite place in your homeland? --QUINAM BEACH
3. Given its characteristics, if your homeland were a person, what kind of relationship would you have with this 'person'? --IT WOULD BE MY ONLY ANCESTOR
4. If you were to live elsewhere, what would you miss most about your homeland (apart from family, friends, pets, etc.)? --THAT FIRST SCENT AT THE START OF A SHOWER WHEN THE RAINDROPS ARE HITTING THE WARM EARTH
5. In three adjectives/phrases, describe your homeland to someone who has never been there.
--DEWY, WARM EMBRACE. 101 SHADES OF GREEN. SMILING TRINI EYES.
6. In what way are you like your homeland?
--IT TAKES A LOT TO MAKE ME LOSE PATIENCE. I CAN HUSTLE WHEN I HAVE TO BUT I AM BY NATURE CONTEMPLATIVE, NOTING THE WAYS OF THE WORLD THROUGH HALF CLOSED AMERINDIAN EYES. I DON'T FORGET ANYTHING BUT A SINCERE SMILE AND A BAG OF MANGOES GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS FORGIVENESS.
7. Why was your homeland given its particular name?
--DE WHITE PEOPLE AN DEM DIDN'T KNOW OR CARE THAT DE PLACE ALREADY HAD A NAME. BETWEEN THAT DISRESPECT AND "THE THREE SISTERS" RESEMBLANCE TO THE CATHOLIC TRINITY, COLUMBUS FIX UP AND RECHRISTEN WE.
8. If you were to give your homeland a fond nickname, what would it be?
--MAI
9. Do you feel your homeland has had any effect on shaping who you are today?
--YEAH, OUI!! HOG PLUM DOH MAKE PEACHES!
10. If you had one wish for your homeland, what would it be?
--AMNESIA...TO FORGET ALL ABOUT DEVELOPMENT AND THAT INCLUDES CELL PHONES AND PLASTIC BUCKETS!!

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