The Garifuna Heritage Foundation (TGHF) will in March unveil a permanent exhibition of a Kalinago village, focused on the recent archaeological excavations and findings at Argyle.
This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and will open during the International Garifuna Summit to be held in St. Vincent March 9-15.
Researchers Corrine Hofman and Jimmy Mans of Leiden University will be in St. Vincent during the International Garifuna Summit to present the Vincentian public with a large-scale model of the early indigenous village excavated at Argyle.
The model has been painstakingly crafted by Eric Pelissier and will be presented at the National Library at Kingstown, where it will become a permanent feature.
The official opening of the exhibit will take place on Monday March 9th, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Pelissier’s model is based on drawings and photographs from the 2010 fieldwork at Argyle, which was directed by Hofman and professor Menno Hoogland, in collaboration with the St. Vincent National Trust and the International Airport Development Co.
The model will be accompanied by five educational posters that help to explain the context of the early indigenous village and highlight the importance of archaeology in re-discovering and sharing these normally invisible indigenous histories.
Hofman is Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden and a member of the national UNESCO committee in the Netherlands.
She is a professor of Caribbean archaeology and directs the Caribbean Research Group at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University.
Mans is a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University and works together with Hofman.
He is the author of the book Amotopoan Trails: A Recent Archaeology of Trio Movements, which focuses on his archaeological work in Suriname.
On March 12, Hofman and Mans will present a paper on Garifuna and Kalinago archaeology in the Lesser Antilles at the International Garifuna Summit’s Academic Conference.