WALTER ROTH MUSEUM OUTREACH PROGRAMME:
JUNIOR ARCHEOLOGY

Junior Archeology

 

 

As defined by the Commonwealth Association of Museums, an ecomuseum is a community-oriented museum where the people themselves reconstruct their past and are in charge of the administration of their museum. The Rupununi Weavers Society Museum is therefore the first ecomuseum in Guyana and, also, the first tribal museum anywhere in the Caribbean.

With its incorporation into the Outreach Programme of the Walter Roth Museum, the Rupununi Weavers Society Museum becomes a prime focus for the distribution of publications of JUNIOR ARCHAEOLOGY, the aim of which is to educate the indigenous peoples about themselves. JUNIOR ARCHAEOLOGY which was founded in 1987 involves children from several regions of Guyana through correspondence and in-house programmes.

Its motto: KNOWLEDGE MAKES A COUNTRY

In 1995, the Rupununi Weavers Society approached the Walter Roth Museum for professional assistance and advice. A collaboration has been established with this institution and a joint system of cataloguing and registration set up. The Walter Roth Museum has also undertaken to provide training in museology through the Commonwealth Association of Museums Distance Learning Program and to meet the printing expenses of their education program.

Taken from:
Museums and the National Identity
Jennifer Wishart
Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology


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