Indo-Caribbean Research


Included here are some websites that explore Indo-Caribbean history including bibliographies, professional scholarly associations and books/articles related to cultural identity.

Indo-Caribbean Studies Association

 The Indo-Caribbean Studies Association (ICSA) promotes scholarship on the history and culture of people of Indian origin in the Caribbean. ICSA also provides selected bibliographies on history, creative writing, literature, science, social and political studies as well as relevant scholarship regarding Caribbean diasporas and culture. For more information visit: Indo-Caribbean Studies Association

Indo-Caribbean History

Indo-Caribbean history provides audio and video footage regarding the period of Indentured Servitude that began in 1838 and ended in 1917 including the BBC production "Coolies: How Britain Reinvented Slavery". For more information visit: Indo-Caribbean History

Indo-Caribbean Heritage

The Indo-Caribbean Heritage website provides information regarding Indian Arrival Day and the capitalistic system of British Indentureship. For more information visit: Indo-Caribbean Heritage 

Trinidad and Tobago National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS)

This government site provides information regarding Indian Arrival Day,  Indo-Caribbean customs and festivals, food, music and dance and fashion. A brief bibliography and colorful photo gallery is also available. For more information visit: Trinidad and Tobago NALIS

Caribbean Literature Collection at the Yale University Library

This unique collection includes Indo-Caribbean authors, history and literature of the Caribbean and even a dictionary to better understand "Trinidad Vernacular English" (a dialect that is a mixture of French, Spanish, Creole and Hindi). To learn more visit: Yale University Library

Indo-Caribbean Writers (Guyana Journal)

A compilation of Indo-Caribbean writers provided by the Guyana Journal can be accessed at: Guyana Journal

Trinidad East Indian Immigration and Indentureship Records

From 1845-1917 the government of Trinidad allocated Indian indentured servants based on religion. Muslims predominantly worked in estates in the North while Hindus were sent to the Central and South of the island. Christians were dispersed throughout.  The National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago contains records that holds pertinent information to tracing ancestral lineage including General, Estate and Ship Registers. These lists include information such as: ship and registration number, fathers names, sex, village of origin, plantation assigned to and whether or not the immigrant returned to India or not. Details can be found at the: Indentureship Records Archive (Trinidad & Tobago)

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

Written by Guyanese-American journalist Gaiutra Bahadur, this book examines women, colonialism and indentured servitudeCoolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

Indo-Caribbean Writers

A short list of Indo-Caribbean writers can be accessed by visiting the: Compilation of Indo-Caribbean Authors