Describing Caymanian Culture can be hard as it is a constantly shifting dynamic. From the Cayman’s early settlers to the current workers, Cayman has been influenced by many different traditions over the last 500 years.
The Cayman Islands have a distinct society that sets it a part from the other Caribbean islands – hence saying that the Cayman Islands is an island in the Caribbean rather than Caribbean islands. The islands’ musical history is kept alive with a number of music cultural festivals taking place. The Cayman Jazz festival is a reflection on how Caymanian culture offers a rich diversity of music.
Alicia Keys and Sean Paul are just a couple of music legends who have performed at the annual Jazz Festival. One of the main festivals to take place in the Cayman Islands is the National Pirate Week where each district celebrates its national culture. Each district holds a number of fun filled events such as a mock ‘pirate invasion’, firework display, parades and much more.
The heritage days are split into regions George Town, East End, West Bay, North Side, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman and Bodden Town where it is believed the famous pirate, Neal Walker (better known as Needle Walker), made Bodden Town his headquarters. It is because of its close association with pirates that it is firmly believed that there is much treasure is hidden along the coast and in caves in Bodden Town.
Footprints on the sands of time could not be made by sitting down. Nowhere is a truer word said than in the Cayman Islands. Generations of Caymanians continue to build on the islands, taking it from “the islands that time forgot” into the 21st Century. In early days Caymanian men went to sea for a living, leaving women to raise their children and protect the home front. Fishing agriculture, thatch and jewellery making soon became the norm and are still practiced today. The Caymanians have seized every opportunity to improve their lives and islands, and the results speak for themselves.