We don’t really refer to ourselves as Curaçaoans (like Americ”ans”, Arub”ans” etc) instead we’re yu’i Kòrsou literally “children of Curaçao”. We have a physical and spiritual bond with our birthplace, because it’s “kaminda nos lombrishi ta derá.” (= where our belly button, e.g. our umbilical chord, is buried) Sometimes our placenta is buried along with our umbilical chord, effectively turning Curaçao (soil) into our spiritual mother.
Since most yu’i Kòrsou are born to displaced immigrants (Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese Jews, West Africans, South Asians etc), our belly button burial ritual expresses a feeling of belonging… our fate is forever connected to that of our awesome native island.
Though we’d like to claim this ritual as our own, belly buttons are also buried in Jamaica, Virgin Islands, and Suriname (among others)