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Indian museum to come up in Trinidad

The museum is expected to serve as a link between the revered ancestors and the present generation of people of Indian origin.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 15:28 IST

The cultural heritage of the Indians in the Caribbean islands are set to be unfolded for public with Trinidad opening its first Indian Museum on Sunday.

Located near the famous Temple in the Sea at Waterloo, Trinidad, the Indian Caribbean Museum aims to preserve the material history of over one million descendants of South Asians in the Caribbean and is expected to help the people of other ethnic backgrounds to gain knowledge on Indian art, culture and heritage.

The museum stands unique with its collections that include antiques like rare musical instruments, agricultural objects, cooking utensils, pieces of clothing, ancient photographs and historical books.

Some objects of historical and aesthetic value, that would find place in the museum, include a sapat (wooden slipper), jata (grinding stone), boli (gourd bowl), hassawa (grass knife) and aluminium scoop.

The Indian immigrants came to the Caribbean to work as indentured labourers from 1838-1917 following the abolition of slavery.

The museum is expected to serve as a link between the revered ancestors and the present generation of people of Indian origin.

The museum's large collection has been obtained through field trips by administrators of the institution.

Most items have been acquired as gifts and bequests by interested individuals, families, priests, historians, scholars and collectors of the island community.