Bandabou(w) is where I’m located as legitimate Curacao-Visual Artist. Bandabou means the Lower land or Lower part ( of island Curacao-Lower Antilles or Dutch Caribbean. As often mentioned, this part of the island is known as best cultivating and recreating. It pertains the best natural beaches, old antique style houses, historical land-houses from slave histories – peaceful valleys -creeks (rainwater dams) and mountains picturing wild blooming trees, cactus and wild traditional bushes.
Twice a year the famous national tree blooms yellow wild flowers of ‘kibra hacha, which covers many parts of hills and mountains like bride grooms and gives an extra gorgeous view from afar. Also after showers of rain the hibiscus- like sweet cherries-trees called ‘shimaruku’ will give us opportunity for its vitamin C and covers whole alleys and along goat roads.
Fanciful are the style houses to have beautiful flowered- and fruits gardens, big charming veranda’s and diversity of birds chirping around. Other sites you’ll find flamingos on large lakes in serene quiet areas where formerly salt was found.
Most people are very kind and going about their own business. Interesting is that in the old days Bandabou could see neighborhoods providing in their own needs like the old-style skills of farming and cattle holding. But also craftsmanship was ample available like shoe makers and sewers and providers for utensils. But also famous story-tellers, troubadours and cultural composers and singers, best mechanics, , wood carvers, wine makers, boat builders, groceries merchants, politicians, herb healers and candy makers. Bandabow had furthermore the old- African custom of holding it’s traditional language high up in existence, now exploring and researching their past oral tongue. This interest is to preserve the Islands Native Papiamentu-tongue all together, which literary means ‘talking’. It’s a combination of different languages, mostly derived from Spanish and Portuguese (80%) along with many African words, somewhat English and Dutch words.
Majority of population our islands take, are originated from slaves from West-Africa through Dutch colonization. Than soon you’ll discover mixed citizens of Jews (A’dam-Israel), Portuguese(Brazil-Portugal), Winward Islands (Carib). Surinam, Venezuelan, Libanese, India(n) Dom. Republic and Dutch. Following immigration from Jamaica, Haiti, Columbia unto a general mix inclusive other cultures. From former Dutch Antilles of 6 islands -3 incorporated itself into BES-providence under Dutch Reign, while remaining Aruba-St.Maarten en Curacao are in Autonomous state still in Corporate Dutch Governance. Willemstad Center is the Heritage UNESCO big Business Capital and Governing site with Dutch style Architectural main interest.
The Eastern part (Bandariba) has mayority Dutch settlements and man made beaches and other facilities for most Dutch tourists. Bandabou is more a quiet part but sneakily tend increase its touristic Dutch landscape with little resorts. Hopefully there is larger space left where peace and tranquility will remain.
Asyla ten Holt