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Public welcomed to Back in Da Day, TCI Natl Museum open from 1-7pm today for special cultural showcase

#TurksandCaicos, May 19, 2018 – Providenciales – Everyone agrees that it is pivotal that the Turks and Caicos join in the global appreciation of museums on International Museums Day, which was marked on Friday May 18, 2018.

“There is a lot for us to experience.  There is a lot for you to experience.  So please come out and celebrate with us, “said Emeli Malcolm, Veteran Educator

From the Director of Culture for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ludwina Fulford, “I am encouraging not only for the adults to come out but for you all to bring your children out. Let them participate in the activities so that they too will have a knowledge of what was done back in the day.

Tourism Education manager and Community College lecturer, Blythe Clare also chimed in, “We need to preserve what we have here in the Turks and Caicos because we are gradually losing it.  I want to appeal to all of our teachers as well as our parents to come out and to learn something so that you can take it back into the classroom because our children are our future.”

Tourism. Culture. National Museum and stalwarts of Turks and Caicos Heritage gathered to announce plans which will unravel over six hours, at the Provo-based Natl Museum.

Museum Director, CandyAnn Williams explained, “The whole idea is to focus on the heritage of the Turks and Caicos islands how people lived, how they performed their tasks, what was important to them, the things that make Turks and Caicos wonderful.

From straw work, skits and tours, exhibits, bush medicines and boat building; visitors will on Saturday be exposed to an authentic experience of a bygone era, which is in a desperate competition with modernization to be cherished.

“When my dad would go in the field, they had to work the field and I didn’t want to go into the field to get burn up in the sun.  So I learned to knit net and so he would fill the needle with line, and he would say you gonna knit this out for the day…”said Rev Goldston Williams, who will lead a demonstration and session today, “We will have a good number of pieces of Gumelimi and I will be there teaching the youngsters how to make Gumelimi boats, so when I am not around and when people like Stanford Higgs and others are not around, we would still have a good contingent of people who know how to make the boats.”

Festivities for ‘Back in Da Day’get started at 1pm at the TCI Natl Museum in Grace Bay Village. Admission is FREE.




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