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”.