Last True Carib Descendant Dies

Mammy LaCrett the last of the Carib descendant who have died

Mammy LaCrett the last of the Carib descendant who have died

The last original descendant of the Carib Tribe in Grenada has died.

Enid La Crete died peacefully at her home in River Road, St. George’s last Sunday at the age of 92 after being bed-ridden for a prolonged period of time.

THE NEW TODAY newspaper visited the home on Tuesday and interviewed her grand daughter Abigail La Crete who spoke in glowing terms of her Grand Mother who is popularly known in the River Road area as Mammy La Crete.

“She was very friendly, a loving, loving person to everybody around here. She was like a Grand Mother to so many people,” the Grand Daughter told the newspaper.

La Crete said everyone including the smallest child in the village also loved her Grand Mother.

The deceased Enid originated from the Carib descendants of St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Mammy La Crete was born and grew up on the Carenage, St. George’s and took up residence in River Road after getting married to Septimus La Crete, the former head grounds man at the Queen’s Park Playing field.

The relationship produced 16 children, one of whom is Kennedy La Crete, alias Moppy, a top footballer and cricketer in his youthful days.

Mammy La Crete spent her time at home taking care of her family as a housewife and did most of the washing, cooking and cleaning for the children and her husband better known as “Daddy Sep”.

According to the granddaughter, the elderly lady patterned her lifestyle to that of her descendants and often turned her back on the gas stove and made use of the coal pot for her cooking.

Her favourite meals were cocoa tea, bakes, salt fish souse, and fishcakes for breakfast. Coo-coo, rice and peas were some of her favourite meals at lunchtime.

For dinner Mammy La Crete would look to a plain broth made out of hind fish (butter fish), which she used with bread, and cocoa tea.

The younger La Crete described her Grand Mother as loving, kind-hearted, peaceful, and respectable and a mother to the family and everyone else in the community.

A date is still to be finalised for Mammy La Crete who now has the distinction of being rightfully referred to as “The Last Standing Carib Woman in Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique.

 

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