Maroon at Petite Martinique
21 March 2010 | Petite Martinique
Maroon on Petite Martinique .... no rain for months
"Come to our Maroon tomorrow night, be my guests", said Gary on the Fuel dock at PM .. OK, we said, not knowing what we had let ourselves in for ! We joined Jeff in Palm Beach bar for a beer late afternoon, and headed up the hill where a large group of people gathered amidst food stalls & bars. As night fell, the drumming and music started - local women dancing in front of the Shaman brought in from Union Island, and his drummers chanting & appealing for much needed rain which the islands were desperately short of. It was such a spectacle ! The intensity of the drumming, chanting and dancing was incredible .. and the hospitality of the locals, providing food and drink freely to all ... but did it work ? Well, spooky though it is, at 4.30 the following morning, there was a downpour !! Thereafter, even though it is now the dry season here, we have had progressively more and more rain, the islands now returning to their wonderful green colour, the animals once again able to feed properly, and the locals who rely on water catchment are getting their lives back to normal.