Ital Delroy Anthony grew up on the island of St John. As a small child his mum began to teach him about the unique history of St John, the islands and their Afro-Caribbean heritage. Part of that teaching included handing down local knowledge of the importance of nature and plant medicines and their healing abilities.
Carved calabash gourds come to life with images of goats and lobsters and people and island life. Wind chimes sing in the wind. Jewelry of shells and seeds and stone and wood …
In school, Ital learned about native arts and crafts from the legendary and much loved, Mr. Herman Prince of Estate Zootanvahl. Mr. Prince is famous the world over for his traditional St John woven baskets – one of which is in the collection of The Smithsonian American Art Museum.
From there, Ital’s interests grew to include St John’s early history and Afro-Caribbean culture, music and spoken word. Any one who meets him will immediately feel his energy and connection with the greater World. His eyes see things beyond his sight … to that bigger “picture” of how we all fit into this world around us.
One way he connects with all of us is through the arts and crafts he makes and sells. You’ll find him set up past Concordia Eco Resort – near the entrance to Salt Pond Beach on St John’s rugged south east shore. In the shade of a tent you can browse his creations. Carved calabash gourds come to life with images of goats and lobsters and people and island life. Wind chimes sing in the wind. Jewelry of shells and seeds and stone and wood and glass of more colors than we can describe. It’s a great spot to connect with St John and bring home a special piece that will remind you of your time on the Island.
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