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Living heritage of Seychelles - A collection of exhibition is published

Living heritage of Seychelles - A collection of exhibition is published ( Seychelles National Heritage and Research Section has launched its first ever in-house publication called Living Heritage of Seychelles - A collection of exhibition.

The publication is a compilation of three exhibitions mounted by the Seychelles National Heritage and Research Section in its gallery at the La Bastille Building. The publication takes readers through research and documentation on the importance and uses of medicinal plants in Seychelles namely Bwa Torti (Morinda Citrifolia) and Bred Mouroum (Moringa Oleifera) and the use of intangible cultural heritages in Seychelles context.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage exhibition was one of the awareness programs for Heritage Week 2012 (April 17-21), and the Bwa Torti exhibition was mounted on the occasion of the Africa Traditional Medicine Day (August 31, 2012), whereas the Bred Mouroum exhibition was part of the Festival Kreol activities at the National Heritage and Research Section (October 26-31, 2012).

The making of this booklet comes in the wake of numerous requests for copies of the exhibitions from visitors at the La Bastille gallery. Given the importance and clarity of the information in the exhibitions and taking into account the visitors’ requests, the National Heritage and Research Section found it appropriate to give these research documents its due recognition by compiling the materials into one booklet. The booklet also falls within the National Heritage and Research Section prerogative to research, document, preserve, and promote Seychelles’ cultural heritage.

The National Heritage and Research Section pointed out that the publication, “Living heritage of Seychelles – A collection of exhibition,” is a reference book for researchers and visitors on the work being carried out by the national research section and as an educational tool for teachers. It also contributes positively towards the dissemination of research documents compiled by the National Heritage section and creates public awareness about the richness of the local cultural heritage and the need for protection, valorization, and revitalization.

To commemorate African Traditional Medicine Day, August 31, the National Heritage section launched the publication in an exhibition at La Bastille on the healthy properties of medicinal herbal tea: Seychelles’ treasure of oral tradition. Portrayed as a drink to good health, the herbal tea in Seychelles’ culture dates back hundreds of years before the advent of modern medicine.

The booklet “will allow the National Heritage Section to generate revenues to publish more material for research and documentation purposes.”

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, was invited to view the exhibition where he was presented with a personal copy of “Living heritage of Seychelles- A collection of Exhibition.” The Minister said that this booklet will “contribute immensely to the dissemination of informed, documented, and well-researched documents by the National Heritage Section.”

PHOTO: Julianna Barr,a representing the National Heritage and Research section, presenting the new book to Alain St.Ange, the Minister for Tourism and Culture.


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