SHE IS ALSO A FIFA CERTIFIED FOOTBALL (Soccer to Americans) REFEREE
SHE IS ALSO STUDYING ARCHITECTURE AT UNIVERSITY
AND SHE IS ALSO A BEAUTIFUL MODEL, A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCE TEAM FOR DOMINICA, AND SHE IS THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CLUB - FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN DOMINICA....A REAL ALL-ROUNDER!
On 13th November 2014 - I had the immense pleasure of meeting a real life 18 year-old (she's 21 now & still blazing a path forward in life) petite and beautiful modern day Kalinago woman warrior, her name is Arkeyshar Valmond, she was a Corporal in the Dominica Cadet Corps
at this time (now promoted to the rank of Sargeant) a bona-fide CHAMPION in all respects!
In September 2013, when she was just 17 years old, the Dominica Cadet Corps did a hike from one side of the 750 square kilometres /290 sq mile island to the other (Capital City Roseau on the West - to the town of Castle Bruce on the East) over the mountains. It was not a competition, just a training exercise - yet she did it faster than the Barbados Cadet Corps contingent that was with her, and faster even than the Dominica Police Force had ever done it.
On the following day Arkeyshar was given an M16 Assault Rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition, and a target to shoot at; ALL 25 of her rounds hit the target - and 23 of those were Bullseye, the other 2 were the closest possible next to the Bullseye, she made the highest score with 97 points....and she was the ONLY female competing against 4 other men - including the Staff Sergeant himself!
The supervisors for this event were Dominica Police Force rank and file.
Later - in Barbados, Arkeyshar was made to compete against cadets from 7 countries (mostly men), and once again she places FIRST with the highest score, among other things she did the obstacle course in a record 3 minutes 17 seconds, the Dominica Police Force officers in the competition could not do it faster than over 4 minutes!She also competed exceptionally well in Orientating, Navigation, Public Speaking, Marching, Military Knowledge, Shooting, and Section Battle Drills.
Do not let her small size and incredible beauty make you think she is weak - for THIS young Queen has the heart and soul of a Jaguar....when you see a proud and highly skilled young Kalinago woman like Arkeyshar today - you can EASILY see that Columbus was telling the truth when he described how Kalinago women warriors over 500 years ago attacked him and his men and chased they off their island - the great prowess in combat never left the mighty Kalinago people, it is still in their DNA! It is why they are the ONLY native people in the history of the Caribbean to have fought EVERY European colonial power (Spanish, French, Dutch & English) in their region for 400 years - and NEVER been conquered by ANY of them!
I am pleased to announce that the Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization (CADO) decided to sponsor Corporal Arkeyshar Valmond of the Kalinago Tribal Nation (Dominica), to attend the Amerindian Inter-Tribal Games which was held on Pakuri Territory in Guyana in March 2015.....for we saw in her a GREAT Athlete capable of representing the unconquered Kalinago People with distinction and honor.
We were so confident in her abilities, that even though she was the ONLY Kalinago athlete at these games - we KNEW that she would be a force to be reckoned with by EVERYONE else....and she won one gold (Archery), one silver, and one Bronze medal (Distance running) - doing great credit to her Kalinago Tribal Nation.
Currently, Arkeyshar is studying architecture at University in Dominica and is still in the armed forces....and she has a keen interest in attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) as part of the world famous Tribal Link Foundation - Project Access Training Program, which only a very fortunate 20 (or less) indigenous students worldwide qualify for each year.
More photos of Corporal Arkeyshar Valmond in action