Museum celebrates day of culture

Visitors to Cayman were treated to a sample of cultural traditions by locals at the National Museum courtyard on Wednesday. 

The event was staged in celebration of International Museum Day, which was held for the 36th time.  

At the museum in George Town, special events and activities were organized to mark this festive day.  

Visitors were greeted with the sounds of upbeat traditional folk music, conch shell blowing and the smell of local cuisine. 

Under the theme “Museum Collections Make Connections,” the museum fused the annual Children’s Looky Ya Festival and the display of new exhibits on Cayman’s sporting history with Caymanian traditional arts and crafts, food and children’s performances to present a day of cultural fun.  

At the event, local 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. 

Jeralow Rankine demonstrated netting and conch blowing, while others showcased cakes, jewelry, games, turtle stew, candies, thatch and traditional dresses.  

The North Side Primary School junior choir, which performed traditional songs during the day, was a big hit with visitors. Already groomed in promoting the cultural aspects of their district, students sang songs “Uncle Lou” and “Aunt Jemima,” which had visitors and locals dancing.  

Music teacher Janice Brown said she loved what had been done with the museum and the connections that were being made between local residents and the schools. 

Organizers say International Museum Day serves as a reminder that museums are living institutions that create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures.  

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Students at North Side Primary School perform traditional songs on International Museum Day in George Town. – PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY

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Students of North Side Primary school find the craft works interesting.
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