The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

An ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at the Al­liance Française de Sainte-Lu­cie at Point Seraphine fea­tur­ing Amerid­ian ar­ti­facts. This will be an ‘in­ter­rog­a­tive’ ex­hi­bi­tion un­der­taken by PÉYI (Peo­ple En­gag­ing in Your In­ter­est), Na­tional Ar­chives and Al­liance Française de Sainte-Lu­cie, with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of pri­vate col­lec­tors, un­der the theme “Re­assem­bling St. Lucia’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal frag­ments”. It will run from Jan­uary 14th to Fe­bru­ary 14th, 2016.

The ex­hi­bi­tion seeks to raise pub­lic aware­ness, par­tic­u­larly among the youth, of the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing our bio­cul­tural pat­ri­mony and es­tab­lish­ing a Na­tional Mu­seum in Saint Lucia, and aims to fa­mil­iarise the pub­lic with the ar­ti­facts of Saint Lucia’s pre-Columbian era con­tained in our che­quered history.

On dis­play from the Na­tional Ar­chives col­lec­tion will be books, pa­pers, etc. to high­light the im­por­tance of the work of that institution in our her­itage preser­va­tion. How­ever, the main sec­tion will con­sist of Amerindian ar­ti­facts from pri­vate col­lec­tors is­land-wide, in­clud­ing PÉYI mem­bers.

This ex­hi­bi­tion hopes to prompt lo­cal folk to work, in a na­tional ef­fort, to­wards achiev­ing a mu­seum for Saint Lucia. The goal is that those in pos­ses­sion of ar­ti­facts will par­tic­i­pate and do­nate their col­lec­tions to the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties so that a Na­tional Mu­seum can be es­tab­lished.

For the open­ing event at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs­day 14th Jan­uary there will be three short pre­sen­ta­tions – from Na­tional Ar­chives, PÉYI and a vis­it­ing ar­chae­ol­o­gist from Guade­loupe spon­sored by the Al­liance Française. In ad­di­tion, Derek Wal­cott’s quotation, “Break a vase, and the love that re­assem­bles the frag­ments is stronger than that love which took its sym­me­try for granted when it was whole,” will be re­cited by stu­dents in four lan­guages: French, Span­ish, English and Kwéyòl. Mr. Ken­del Hip­polyte will also read his poem “Bro­ken Bowl”.

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