Kakona is the Taino word for trinkets of value and objects of worth.
Indigenous cultures knew to honor and respect the Mother Earth. The Kakona initiative pays tribute to Saba’s roots while adding contemporary artistry, Keepsakes that are Aesthetic, Kreative, Original, Nature-based, Authentic works…striving to blend Saba’s past and present—each with its own story.
The dramatic outline of the island with its peak shrouded in a perpetual cloud was, and is, easily recognized by seafarers and anyone lucky enough to have experienced this special place.
Working with a cross section of local artists from varied backgrounds, our goal is to highlight their work and inspire others.
The Caribbean island of Saba is located where the Greater and Lesser Antilles converge. Recovered artifacts on Saba date back to 3,800 years ago, a time when indigenous inhabitants maintained a network of elaborate regional interaction. Saba was part of this network. Taíno Indians, a subgroup of the Arawakan, inhabited the Greater and Northeastern Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea at the time when Christopher Columbus' arrived to the New World.
According to 17th-century French missionary, Father Breton, the indigenous name for Saba was Amonhana. Leiden University archaeologists Corinne L. Hoffman and Menno L.P. Hoogland have been conducting work on Saba since the 1980’s. Saba’s First Inhabitants was published by them in 2015, coinciding with the opening Saba Heritage Center and the establishment of Saba Archaeological Center.