‘Looky Ya’ is back at the Museum

‘Looky Ya,’ a cultural event
showcasing Cayman bygone years is back at the Cayman Islands National Museum.

The event, which was held once a
month to highlight Cayman’s bygone days, went missing in 2004 after the museum
was badly damaged by Hurricane Ivan.

But on Thursday the sounds of
‘happy go lucky’ traditional folk music, conch shell blowing and the smell of
fish cooking in coconut oil tantalised the senses and drew attention to the
museum courtyard  signalling the return
of the popular occasion.

‘Looky Ya’ resumes as usual every
month and will feature a different district each month showing their cultural
traditions in the Museum Garden.

On Thursday East End folks gave
visitors and residents the opportunity to see and learn more about the simple
way of life for the Caymanian people in bygone days.

Jerlow Rankin demonstrated netting,
East End ladies showcased heavy cakes, tarts, and coconut candies, thatch and
traditional dresses. The East End Primary School junior choir also performed
traditional songs during the day.

“As we go on we want to expand the
‘Looky Ya’ by bringing out some of the young people who are doing cultural
events instead of just featuring the older traditional artists,” said Nasaria
Suckoo-Chollette, the Museum’s educational coordinator.

“We will be featuring young people
who are turning the Cayman culture into businesses,” she said

“Right now we have Jerlow Rankin
demonstrating netting but we are hoping to have cooking on the caboose and
cooking cassava cakes in the ground on hot coals as the event continues,” she

Museum Deputy Director Doss Solomon
said the museum is proud to have the occasion back.

He said the format has changed just
a little bit but still features local arts and crafts, artisan works, music,
different pieces of Caymanite on display, plenty of food and a good opportunity
for  local artists to get on showcase.

‘Looky Ya’ happens on the third
Thursday of each month from 9am to 2pm in the Museum courtyard.