The Power of Archival Outreach in Fiji


The National Archives of Fiji (NAF) takes their outreach services quite seriously and is often visiting schools, festivals, and being present at special occasions throughout Suva. Recently, as part of the Fiji Government Roadshow Program, the NAF has taken their outreach services around the main island of Viti Levu, as well as to the outer islands of Fiji.

I would like to share an interview of a man who was at a roadshow in Namosi, a province on the island of Viti Levu. Through one of the photographs on exhibit, he was able to identified his late father who passed away in 1990, and until now, hasn’t found a picture of him. That’s pretty cool. It is quite moving, and shows how important archives can be… even, no- especially, in rural island communities.

Click here for the YouTube link

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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