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The original settlers of the area surrounding St. John’s were the Arawak Indians, a tribal culture with a rich and creative history, remnants of which remain noticeable in the culture of St. John’s today. The Arawak Indians were known for their arts and crafts, including pottery, fabric weaving, and sculpture. Additionally, the Arawak’s practiced an earth-friendly religion. Spirituality of this nature is important in the area today, with natural healers being common there. More information about the Arawaks can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arawak.
Also contributing to the culture of St. John’s is the history of the plantation slaves who were brought there by the British to produce sugar cane for export. In the late twentieth century, modern society saw a civil rights movement which brought the arts, traditions and oral histories of these people to life. This movement contributes greatly to the local arts and culture in St. John’s today.The multi-cultural diversity of the area is supplemented by the fact that St. John’s is a major tourist destination. Tourism itself brings a number of influences to the culture of an area, including influences on the language, dining options and lifestyle choices of the people in the area. Westernization of the island is increasing rapidly.