That’s So, Gecko

I am pleased to announce that new postings of the latest projects can be found on our Web site. Overall, it was another successful trip, but exhausting, as I experienced two countries, four archives, four languages, one illness, and a myriad of geckos.

However, speaking of geckos after several trips to the South Pacific, it never ceases to amaze me how, regardless as to which motel I stay at, I can’t help but share the room with these small, funny-toed lizards.

Inquisitively, I can never help but take a few minutes to watch them as they patiently wait for a meal to come along on the ceiling or walls of my room. They never seem to mind my presence as long as I don’t get too close. And quite frankly, the feeling is mutual.

What gets me are the similarities we both have. We are both solitary (I never see two geckos in the same area, at least not in my room), quick, efficient, and very focused on the ultimate goal- sustainability.

It seems that recently in South Pacific culture geckos have become a symbol of “good luck.” While writing the latest report, I couldn’t help wonder if our style of archiving- this Gecko Archiving- will convey the same connotation… without having to eat bugs, of course.

 

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About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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