NEW! in 2020
Launch of the Young Dreamers Scholarship.
Sponsored by the Fiwi Roots Project, the Scholarship is being offered in its inaugural year, exclusively to the Lower Buxton All Age School in the mountains of Jamaica and will be expanded island-wide in 2021, and subsequent years. [more...]
The Fiwi Roots ("Our Heritage") Project, is a non-profit initiative created to preserve the heritage and culture of Jamaica, by memorializing an almost forgotten history, culture and many unique and often overlooked qualities.
The project consists of several web sites, each addressing specific themes, beyond the tourism brochures and "off the beaten path".
Fiwi Roots - a compilation covering history, culture, ecologoly, geography/geology, landmarks, superstition, herbal remedies and other unique qualities of the island.
Cockpit Country - the largest remaining area of intact wet limestone forest in Jamaica and a refuge for at least 79 of the 100 bird species found in the island. Historically significant because of its importance as a place where the Maroons, runaway slaves, used as an inaccessible refuge.
Herbal Remedies - review of local herbal remedies and a a review of the work of Hans Sloane, who's study in the use of local plants for medical treatments is documented by the British Natural History Museum
Waterfalls - comprehensive list of waterfalls with interactive map.
Mountain Peaks - Interactive map of the mountain peaks in Jamaica and a mapped display of their location and height.
National Heritage Sites - Interactive map of the National Heritage Sites.
Transformation of the Parishes - How the Parishes were named and changed throughout history.
Jamaica Great Houses - explores the Plantation Great of Houses of Jamaica, many of which were destroyed durng the Slave uprising.
Jamaica Black River - explores the historical town of Black River and its surrounding areas.
Jamaica Port Antonio - explores the town of Port Antonio and the Parish of Portland, an area of lush natural and unspoilt beauty at the foot hills of the Blue Mountains.
Port Royal - history of Port Royal, its Pirates and the 1692 earthquake that sank a large portion of the town. Includes before and after archaelogical reconstruction paintings and a 1756 newspaper clipping of an eyewitness account.
Jamaica Best Beaches - a listing of popular beaches centered around themes.
Jamaica Bird Watch - a listing of the 28 species of birds and other species that are endemic to Jamaica. Includes birdcalls and maps of sightings.
Jamaica Road Trips, Explore Jamaica's road network and scenic roadtrips throughout the island.
Young Dreamers Scholarship, a scholarship sponsored by The Fiwi Roots Project for sixth graders entering High School, who are located in the interior of the island where there is a higher density of families of less means and opportunity.