The National Museum in Grand Turk came alive on February 2, 2019 as the Department of Culture under the remit of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services hosted another “Back to Our Roots” event to commemorate the inaugural year of the initiative.
The event saw in attendance a wide cross section of people from the community of Grand Turk. The crowd moved to the sweet sounds of the Helena Jones Robinson High Band as they played a number of spiritual and local songs. Also giving an exciting performance were the members of the Ona Glinton Primary School Rip-Saw Band under the leadership of Teacher, Miss Jacquelyn Henry.
As the evening progressed the children and adults alike were able to engage in a range of activities such as horseback riding, face painting, hula hoop and three-legged race. Attendees were able to sample a variety of finger licking Local Cuisine served during the event.
Director of Culture, Miss Ludwina Fulford, commented on the event stating; “As we celebrate the first anniversary of the “Back to our Roots” campaign, I am pleased at how much our children have been able to learn and participate in over the past year. We have hosted a number of workshops and events which have been free to the general public. Particular mention must be made of the Boat Building Workshops and A day to Create, which brought much excitement to the participants. Today, as we commemorate the first anniversary of this program, as a Department we encourage the public to stay abreast to all that we are doing so that you can play an active role in the promotion and preservation of our culture.”
Bringing remarks on the event, Hon Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services stated; “I am extremely pleased with the work being undertaking by the Director and her team. I encourage each of you to continue to support their efforts. The “Back to our Roots” program is one that offers us, especially our young people, the opportunity to learn the things that were done in yesteryears. It helps to give residents the opportunity to learn of our traditions and customs, and to come to appreciate why we do the things that we do. Take full advantage of the resources available to you from the Department of Culture.”
The event ended to the sweet sounds of local Ripsaw Band Nish and the Boyz. The Department will continue to host activities throughout the islands, which will be open for all to attend.