Caribbean ties – Co-developing a new narrative on indigenous heritage in the Caribbean and beyond

Caribbean ties – Co-developing a new narrative on indigenous heritage in the Caribbean and beyond

Author: Tibisay Sankatsing Nava – Leiden University, Netherlands

Arlene Alvarez – Museo Arqueológico Regional Altos de Chavón
Eduard Dresscher – Fundacion 1403 Aruba
Corinne Hofman – Leiden University

A consortium of institutional partners in the Caribbean has come together to co-create a pan-Caribbean exhibition on Amerindian Heritage called Caribbean Ties: A shared indigenous past, a common present and an inclusive future.

The Caribbean Ties project was initiated by the ERC-Synergy NEXUS 1492 together with several Caribbean and European institutions. NEXUS 1492 is an interdisciplinary research project (across sciences) that contributes to rewriting a crucial chapter in global history by focusing on transformations of indigenous, Amerindian cultures and societies across the historical divide of 1492, through archaeology, network science, geochemistry, and heritage research, with a specific focus on sharing the scientific research methods and results with the public.

The exhibition will be launched simultaneously in at least 10 countries in May 2019. The design of the exhibition allows each local partner to select the appropriate modules for their exhibition space constraints, local context and budget. The exhibition is co-designed with all consortium partners from across the Caribbean and Europe. Each exhibition is led locally and includes locally relevant content provided by each leading partner, with the aim to positively incorporate Amerindian heritage in Caribbean and European culture. An extension of the exhibition online will provide additional information that ties all local exhibitions together.

In this talk we will focus specifically on the development of inclusive narratives and practices for public engagement of science in a diverse landscape of communities, cultures, histories and languages in the Caribbean.

The author has not yet submitted a copy of the full paper.

Presentation type: Visual talk
Theme: Stories
Area of interest: Comparing science communication across cultures