From nomads to sedentary village residents: transition of the Trio way of life


  • Mirella Nankoe Anton de Kom University of Suriname


Keywords: Trio, Wayana, West Indies Mission



This article describes the interaction between the Trio tribe and the Baptist mission in the interior of Suriname. The Trio led a nomadic and self-sufficient life in harmony with nature as agriculturalists, hunter and gatherers prior to the arrival of the Baptist mission in the sixties of the last century. The Baptist mission had a significant effect in reshaping the social, cultural, economic and demographic landscape of the Trio during the first two decades of their presence. The most obvious effect was the transformation of the Trio settlement patterns. Missionary activities included evangelization, spiritual guidance, literacy and health care. The interaction between the Trio and the missionaries gradually changed from a hostile attitude and aloofness to acceptance.