5 Islands Harvest

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Spiny lobster
Cassava bread
Live queen conch
Queen conch removed from their shells
Parrot fish
Bahama hutia
Maize ears
A large rock iguana
A barracuda roasting by the fire
Man stoking the barbacoa coals with long firepoker
On the grill: seven lobster tails, seven ears of maize, two parrotfish, three hutias and two iguanas
Gourd dipper
Bowl of basting sauces
Poles for lifting the pepper pot from fire; their centres are black from repeated usage
Condiment sauce
Pepper pot filled with manioc-derived broth filled with various combinations of meat, gathered plants, crops and hot pepper or chili

Islands Harvest

As the light begins to fade after a long day, preparation begins for the evening feast. A bountiful harvest has been brought together to feed the community and their visitors. 

From the land, iguana, hutia, cassava/manioc and maize have been collected; from the sea, parrotfish, lobster, conch and barracuda. Some of these delicacies are being barbequed; the man carefully stokes the fire below a traditional barbacoa (a Taíno/Arawak term, which we still use today: barbecue) made of fresh, green wood. 

Beside him, a woman kneels before a pepper pot, stirring the thick manioc-derived broth filled with meat and gathered plants and domesticated crops, including hot pepper or chili. These cooked foods take time to process, and are enhanced by grilling or long stewing; in contrast, fruits (not shown) were – then as now – enjoyed fresh. 

The islands provided a bounty for skilled Lucayan fishers, gatherers and farmers – from the turquoise waters teaming with fish, to the intertidal filled with molluscs and crabs, to the land with wild and domesticated plants and small land animals. These, however, were not inexhaustible resources – a careful balance was needed in order to ensure this bounty continued for future generations. The same can be said now.


Unit 5a: Barbacoa & Cooks (JPG, 1 MB)

Unit 5b: Islands Harvest ​​​​​​​(JPG, 1.6 MB)

Unit 5c: Pepperpot & Barbacoa ​​​​​​​(JPG, 0.8 MB)

Unit 5d: Harvest of the Sea ​​​​​​​(JPG, 1.1 MB)

Unit 5e: Harvest of the Land ​​​​​​​(JPG, 1.1 MB)