Quiliby is a name given to the hummingbird in Trinidad. As the name of this site
it is used as a metaphor for the movement and dispersal of Caribbean peoples to the metropolitan cities of North American and Europe. Just as the hummingbird visits flowers in search of food and in so doing aids the renewal of the population of plants through pollination, Caribbean people have traveled to cities such as New York, London , Toronto, Miami and elsewhere seeking to nourish their lives, while contributing to the growth of the economic, social, and cultural livelihood of these places.
Quiliby.com dedicates itself to the exploration of various aspects of the impact of the Caribbean people at home and abroad.
Festivals and Rituals
Over the last century, thousands of people of these islands have migrated to the metropolitan cities of Europe and North America, and they have re-instituted many of these celebratory festivals in there new abodes, particularly the Caribbean Carnival. These street processions can be witnessed in the all their splendor and flamboyance on an annual basis in Brooklyn New York, Notting Hill London, Toronto Canada, Miami Florida, and many other cities across the United States and Europe, where Caribbean immigrants have settled. Quiliby.com, a site dedicated to the Caribbean Diaspora, devotes itself to the exploration of these festivals and rituals, and honoring the individuals and groups that have worked and continued to toil to keep ” a little more oil in the lamp” of these festivals, and “keep them burning.”