Tuesday, July 3, 2012
DOCUMENTARY ON CAYE CAULKER OLDER ISLAND WOMEN SEEKING TO RECORD MEMORIES OF LIFE BEFORE TOURISM ON THE POPULAR ISLAND
If you happen to pass by a camera-laden group of people looking quite professional today, it’s probably the production crew of the Women of Caye Caulker documentary. The interviews begin today.
Here is the line up of people who are making this Oral History project a reality:
Cameraman, Mike Desabrais, is a professional videographer and editor from the United States. He is a frequent visitor to Caye Caulker and is volunteering his time to the project. Mike, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Carmen Myrtis-Garcia is an award-winning women’s studies professor (U.S.) who years ago created a course and published a textbook on the subject matter of women and goddess-based religions/spirituality of ancient history. She will help with formulating the interview questions, among other things.
Brieanne Peixoto is a recent graduate with a degree in cultural anthropology. She is a visitor to our shores. Brie has brought a scanner for family historical photos, and Caye Caulker “old” photos, that the interviewees might be willing to share. Brie’s boyfriend will be diving with Frenchie’s and she has volunteered to help with this project during her stay in July.
Tina and Abel of Frenchie’s Dive Shop are setting up the interviews for the project. Tina will the be the interviewer. What can I say? These two are tremendous in their support for the Oral History documentary project, with the dive shop at times service as the meeting office for the project.
Joni Mitchell is an dedicated and amazing enthusiast of all things Hicaqueno. One of her undergraduate degrees was in History and she worked in the National Archives of Canada and as a curator of my University archives. As a Social Studies teacher she has initiated several student-led oral history projects in Canada and on Caye Caulker. She is also the “little engine that could” behind the project, making sure we do not give up despite the financial and other challenges.
What is the goal of the Oral History documentary series?
1) A documentary that will preserve the history of our island for generations to come.
2) An edited version (quite short youtube-style clips) will go in the Caye Caulker Museum Oral History room. The Caye Caulker Museum is a secondary project which is also in the pipeline.
3) Photos: scan in family photos and documents of island “firsts” (first school, fire station, co-operative, water taxi, dive shop etc.), natural disasters, original island scenes prior to development – things that would be of historical interest to museum goers and especially to school children learning about their island’s history.
As you can tell, it is a very worthwhile project with many facets all interlocking.
The Kickstarter project page we were using to try to fund the project did not elicit sufficient donations to fully fund the project, therefore no one’s credit card was charged. However, the project badly needs funds. The volunteers are working on their own time paying expenses using their own dime. This funding method is unsustainable.
I will be posting information shortly on how you can make a donation to this worthwhile cause. It will probably be an informal donation route at this time, as at the moment we are just a small group of committed persons willing to see this project through to completion.
Please give the project volunteers a hi5 if you pass them on the street today. What they are doing is amazing, and it is for our children’s benefit.
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