The following were the awards granted from the predecessor site, the Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink. Awards offered under these names are no longer being administered.
THE BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN INTERNET SITES: GENERAL
This award is conferred on those sites with an overall level of excellence in depth and breadth of information presented, quality of presentation and site layout, diversity of contents, regularity of maintenance and updates, and which present an educational resource for the public that is of exceptional value. Moreover, this category of award can be conferred on sites that are of any type, i.e.: personal home pages, institutional websites, community sites, or, indeed, of any other kind.
THE BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN INFORMATION RESOURCE SITES
This award is presented to sites that the CAC editors perceive as providing an excellent range of information, whether in the form of documents, discussions, news, testimonies, papers, archival information, etcetera. However, sites in this category need not be visually appealing, professionally designed, or exceptionally organized. Hence, this is a “contents only” award. Information presented on a site considered for this award need not be “original” information gathered or produced by the designers of the given site.
THE BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS SITES
This award is granted to either of two types of sites: 1) those sites that belong to particular “arts and crafts” type of organizations, which also have Internet sites that are particularly valuable in terms of design and content; and, 2) those sites used to actually feature Caribbean Amerindian arts and crafts, either artifacts, or those produced by a given artist or crafts worker. In this second case, any site that presents samples of music, displays images and paintings, or showcases a wide range of other creations online would be considered. The first type of site need not have as much content to be considered for the award.
THE BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN COMMUNITY SITES
Awards in this category are granted to any Caribbean Amerindian organization with at least a modestly well designed website and a considerable depth and range of content. Sites that outline the history of a particular group, community or people, and where the visitor can get a clear sense of what it is they are looking at and what it means, are especially favoured. Sites that are not favoured are those offering few details of who or what is behind the site, with no clear purpose to the site, that are ambiguous as to the creators of the site, and that provide very little in the way of an educational experience. The word “community” here (which is as problematic as any other term) is meant to be a neutral compromise between “group,” “club,” “movement,” “tribe” or “nation.”
THE BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN PERSONAL HOME PAGES
The intent and applicability of this award is designed to be fairly open and general. However, this award is conferred upon sites that are by and/or about a particular individual, or at most a nuclear family, that identifies with a Caribbean Amerindian heritage. In other words, the content cannot be like that of any kind of formal organization nor be about large groups of either related or fictive kin. In addition, sites in this award category need not be professionally designed or even contain large volumes of information. They must, however, be easy to navigate, easy to read, and fairly quick to load.
BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN SITES: GENERAL
- Granted to BIARAKU–First People of a Sacred Place (http://www.biaraku.com/), on Thursday, 20 July, 2000: award merited for exceptional quality in both design and content; depth and range of information; elegance of presentation, match between content, aims and presentation; and, in overall terms, as an excellent resource for web visitors.
BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN INFORMATION RESOURCES
- Granted to GARIFUNA WORLD (http://www.garifuna-world.com/), on Saturday, 23 December, 2000: award merited for consistently providing a large volume of informative and substantive Internet pages over the past several years, and for promoting and leading in the establishment of the Garifuna presence on the Internet.
BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN ARTS & CRAFTS SITES
Granted to ROGER ATIHUIBANCEX’S MOUNTAIN WIND GROUP (http://www.PresenciaTaina.org), on Monday, 10 June, 2002: award merited as a uniquely valuable, well designed and informative site with an arts and crafts content.
BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN COMMUNITY SITES
ranted to THE JATIBONICU TAINO TRIBAL NATION OF BORIKEN (PUERTO RICO) (http://www.taino-tribe.org/), on Saturday,23 December, 2000: award merited for an informative and substantive Web site, that has exercised a significant presence on the Internet for the past several years, whilst also offering a wide range of information resources, articles, and essays. This site has been linked to from a wide array of other Websites across the Internet and is still one of the most heavily visited sites focusing on Caribbean Amerindian issues.
Granted to THE PAN-TRIBAL CONFEDERACY OF AMERINDIAN TRIBAL NATIONS OF AMAZONIA (http://www.pantribalconfederacy.com/), on Saturday, 23 December, 2000: award merited for an informative and substantive Web site, that is also fairly well designed and provides a concentration of materials on Caribbean Amerindian community issues.
BEST CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN PERSONAL HOME PAGES
- Granted to BOHIO BAJACU: TAINO HOUSE OF DAWN by Valery Nanaturey Vargas Stehney (http://www.angelfire.com/ct/taino/index.html), on Wednesday, 02 August, 2000: award merited as an excellent personal homepage, effectively designed and with a range and depth of interesting content.