by Larry Smith
"Bahamian nationalism is a nebulous thing, difficult to describe...Trying to get a handle on what is Bahamian is like trying to catch a fish with one's bare hands." - Nicolette Bethel
Last week's article on Bahamian identity and cultural activity generated some comment from the cognoscenti.
Two inter-connected points emerged from that discussion. There certainly are institutions, laws and resources to support and protect Bahamian heritage, but our cultural industries are nonetheless in a perilous state of decline.
Any attempt to analyse why this is so must look at where we've come from. As College of the Bahamas lecturer Ian Strachan put it, slavery convinced black Bahamians of their inferiority while colonialism robbed all Bahamians of their confidence.