Still Standing

The Ti Kais of Dominica

Adom Philogene-Heron

This book tells the story of the traditional wooden homes (known as ti kais) of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean.
Date Published :
December 2022
Publisher :
Papillote Press
Contributor(s) :
Marica Honychurch
Illustration :
color illustrations throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781838041588
Pages : 116
Dimensions : 8.3 X 10.2 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Still Standing tells the story of the traditional wooden homes (known as ti kais) of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. This gorgeously illustrated book pays tribute to these humble buildings that have withstood hurricanes and earthquakes since the end of slavery. Often ignored and now in danger from development, this unique vernacular architecture is is an important part of Dominica’s rich creole culture.

About The Author

Dr Adom Philogene Heron (PhD, Social Anthropology, St Andrews 2017) is a lecturer in anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Centring his work in the Caribbean, he focuses on fatherhood and family, the social life of storms, Afro-diasporic ecologies and cosmologies. Adom is CCC’s Principal Investigator.

He leads Still Standing: the ti kai survey – a collaborative study of Dominica’s vernacular ti kais (kweyol: ‘small houses’) alongside SHAPE a Dominican heritage NGO and Architecture students from DSC. He co-leads the Dominica Story Project (with Dr Schuyler Esprit & Annabel Wilson), a collaborative filmmaking program that documents narratives of life since Maria.

Adom also leads Creative Repair, which showcases arts-based interventions that have emerged in the wake of Maria, Ericka, David and other storms, by documenting the work of visual artists, calypsonians and poets.

Adom has over 10 years of experience in Caribbean-focused anthropological experience and is delighted to return to Dominica, an island where he has familial/ancestral roots.

Born and raised in Dominica, Marica Honychurch is a documentary and portrait photographer.

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