CNCF culture journal given new life

| 07/10/2016
CNS Local Life

Roy McTaggart, Tara Rivers, Marcia Muttoo and Bryan Hunter with copies of the 2016 journal

(CNS Local Life): As part of September’s Literacy Month events, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) presented copies of the fourth volume of its arts and culture journal, Foundation, to the Ministries of Education and Culture. The journal hadn’t been published since 2006 due to a lack of funding, but law firm Appleby stepped in to sponsor this latest volume.

CNCF managing director Marcia Muttoo presented Minister of Education Tara Rivers and Councillor Roy McTaggart from the Ministry of Culture with copies of the latest journal, which will also be distributed to every school in the Cayman Islands so that educators and children can draw on this resource in their school libraries. Bryan Hunter, managing partner at Appleby, was also on hand for the presentation.

The 2016 journal features articles on the way of life on the Sister Islands from early settlement until today, explained a CNCF press release. Very few publications have been developed in Cayman to document and preserve recent history, with much of the knowledge passed from generation to generation.

The publication features Burnard Tibbett’s article on “The Way People Lived on Cayman Brac” along with photographs of people and items such as gigs and wompers, and even cans of Flit insect repellant, which people often used to spray bedrooms before going to sleep.

CNCF artistic director Henry Muttoo, in his forward to the publication, thanked the law firm for supporting the effort. “It is so gratifying that Appleby has risen to the challenge for good corporate citizenship to fund the re-emergence of Foundation, which has already more than proven its value to our community,” he said.

Hunter explained why the law firm decided to sponsor the journal. “Education, particularly relating to the history and culture of the Cayman Islands, is especially important to Appleby and we are delighted to reinstate the Foundation’s journal, which will be an essential reference tool available for use in social studies and history classes in all local primary, secondary and tertiary schools,” he said.

Commenting on the publication, Rivers said, “The production and distribution of the CNCF journal is a timely one as the Education Bill, 2016 proposes to make the study of the history and culture of the Cayman Islands a required subject in all schools.

“This journal will help to provide content from which teachers can draw from to deliver lessons on our Caymanian cultural heritage.”

Copies of the publication can be purchased for $15 at the CNCF office behind the Harquail Theatre. The previous volumes – from 2001, 2002 and 2006 – are available for $12 each or $55 for the complete collection of five books.

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