I came across an interesting article about Pacific Islands’ youth holding a workshop during the Festival of Pacific Arts in Honiara, Solomon Islands, and thought it appropriate to share.
The three-day workshop was held to give young people’s an opportunity to voice their opinions on such topics as culture, heritage and environment. In fact, one of the most important issue to emerge from the workshop was the impact of climate change on environment and culture.
The workshop provided the young men and women with a:
Greater appreciation of the role of museums in preserving heritage and also in repatriating Pacific cultural objects held by overseas museums.
At the end of workshop, participants expressed interest in volunteering with their national libraries and museums.
Naturally, I would like to see them include archives as well. Involving youth can also be used as an excellent outreach source for the archives as well.
The Festival of Pacific Arts runs through July 14.
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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