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Barbuda Museum Residency

The Barbuda Museum Residency program invites international artists working with ideas pertaining to diaspora, cultural identity, Carribean history and environmental issues such as climate change to submit proposals to come work in Barbuda for one, two and three month periods. The residency provides accommodation and workspace at the Barbuda Archaeological Research Center which is located in Barbuda’s capital, Cordington Village. For those selected, the residency will culminate with an exhibition at the Barbuda Museum, including a small exhibition catalogue created for the museum archives.

 

Read some articles about Caribbean archaeology (link below)! Volume II, Issue 1 focuses on the bioarchaeology of the Caribbean.

http://journal.fieldresearchcentre.org/Issues.html

 

Goodday my name is Wakida  Kyla Joseph. I am 15 years old and also a forth form student of the  Sir Mc chesney Secondary School. As a participant of the GPS + camera project i have learned alot more about barbuda and have used the infomation in a goodway. Well along with our teacher Ms. Maggie Morrison my classmates and i studied about “how has  the mangrove of barbuda changed over time” with that in mind we interviewed people from community, take photo, and actually got indealing with the mangroves. the project lasted 2 weeks and throughout i have learned, have fun and really enjoy the time spent with my teacher ( Ms. morrison). Now i am apart of the  feild school along with some unversity  students from the CUNY ( City Unversity Of New York )namely: Dexter, Saleema, reaksha, Erica, Darya, Amy, Dene’, Sant Muhk, Dan, Sarah, Mr. Mussington along with my 8 classmates. My main focus for this two weeks session was to test the water quality of the wells here in Barbuda, basically we were seperated into 5 groups, rotating around ourselve, and i was part of 3 out of the 5. Throughout this session i have learned alot i have reached a point that i nearly thought i couldn’t go the success is amazing. for the last week i work with the professor Dr. becky Boger with the soil testing. i had fun throughout this whole session and thanks to everyone, to Dr. Sophia i really appreciated the loving feeling she gave to me and heartfull oppurtunity to learn. thank you guys so Much!!!!!!!!!!

 

Hi my name is Mitzey Yearwood at Sir McChesney George Secondary School in Barbuda participating in the GPS+Camera Project.  I am just here to tell you a little about the project and how it was to me.  The first time I did the GPS+Camera Project my focus was on the mangroves.  Let me tell it as a lot of work because it was my first time but it was so fun.  We had it easy with the information because we had already know the information on different types of mangroves.  I found it hard because I had to walk a lot and I had to stand up in front of a camera and say what I know about the mangorves.  I am terrified of the camera.

This time around I feel much better everyone is so nice, sharefull and happy.  I got to say I love these college students and especially Kate.  We start off by getting to know each other and then we had to work together in groups with each other as both stutdents it was so fun.  This time the topic was based on how has Codrington Well’s change over time.  So we had to go out into fields and take water samples, take location, their uses and how they were built.  We did this for 2 weeks and we got some amazing results and before I foret we did some soil testing.  However, I am now sorry to say that the college students have to  leave and I am going to miss them so so much.  Sarah, Saleema, Dene, Dexter, Sant Mukh, Dan, Sofie, Rebbeca, Kate, Mr. Mussington, Reaksha, Katja, Amy, Derya, and Erica I want to thank you guys for the wonderful, awesome, amazing summer.  Luv you guys so much.

 

Mitsey

 

Hi our names are Michael D’Souza, Jahrocker Russell and Tsekani Mussington, plus we are in the GPS +Camera Project, we are a group of College Students and students from the Sir Mc Chesney George Secondary school in Barbuda studying places by taking pictures and GPS points to state their uses, locations and features. There are also another task which is GIS Field school where we work on computers and talk about Historical and modern places about their uses before, now and their locations. In the GPS +Camera Project we took pictures and GPS points of Historical sites such as the Government House, Castle Hill, Ginnery, Ponds ( Duck Pond, Low Pond), Village Wall and all the Wells. When finishing with taking pictures and GPS Points we then work on making a map of Barbuda and putting on all the different historical places and sites and state their locations, features and their uses before and now. There are different groups which presented their projects about the sites where they had work on, all the groups including our group had presented well. The Sir Mc Chesney George Secondary School Biology Students including us had been identifying the different types of Mangroves (Red Mangrove, Black Mangrove, White Mangrove and Buttonwood) to demonstrate their uses, features and locations. It was two students for each Mangrove. First of all we would like to thank GOD for giving us the knowledge, strength and understanding plus we would also like to say thanks Ms. Morrison, Dan Mc Govern, our principal Mr. John Mussington and all the help of the college student we thank you. Last but not less we would like to give a big round of applause to all of the professors for all their hard work  we thank you once again.

 

The Barbuda Archaeological Research Center’s first GIS Field School led by Dr. Becky Boger has officially begun!  Graduate and undergraduate students from Brooklyn College and Teachers College, Columbia University are taking a 3 week GIS course with an intensive field methods component.  Students arrived on Barbuda over the previous week and spent the past weekend becoming familiar with the island through tours guided by Mr. Calvin Gore (Barbuda Council), Mr. John Mussington (Principal, Sir McChesney George Secondary School), and Dr. Sophia Perdikaris (archaeologist, Brooklyn College).

In the past, Barbudans have played key roles in research on the island including the participation of Sir McChesney George Secondary School students in archaeological research.  However, this is the first time that Barbudans (teachers and students from Sir McChesney George Secondary School) will be participating in a full field school from start to finish.

Today was a more relaxed day as 10″ of rain sent the field school indoors to begin mastering GIS software.

 

In the 2012 GPS+Camera Pilot Project, students at Sir McChesney George Secondary School conducted original research on the broad theme “How has Codrington Village changed over time?” in Biology, Geography and Social Studies. Each group produced a 10-15 minute video describing their research methodologies and findings and this is the last of the three videos

In Biology students carried out an ecological survey of th emangroves, guided by the research question, “How have the mangroves of Barbuda Changed over time?”  The students conducted site visits where they collected information about the mangroves to create a mangrove field guide.  They then recorded a video field guide to explain the characteristics and importance of the mangroves to Barbuda’s ecosystem and livelyhood.  The students also began collecting environmental data by taking water samples.

The Biology team was made up of Wakida Joseph, Ciana Baltimore, Mitzey Yearwood, Dekela George, Michael Desouza, Jahrocker Russell, Kahanic Shillingford, Sanchezca Charles and Adonia Henry.

 

All of the students are excited getting ready for the presentation tomorrow, where they will be presenting their research to their classmates as well as the greater Barbudan community, and the local television station will be there filming them to include the footage in upcoming broadcasts!  It is a very exciting opportunity for them to dialog about Barbuda’s past with the members of the community, and the inclusion of their videos on our program website will allow them to connect and share their research with other communities world wide!  There is much preparation to do before the day is over today, but the students are extremely enthusiastic and Mr. McGovern, Mr. Cornell and I are looking forward to them doing an amazing job tomorrow representing Sir McChesney George and the GPS+Camera Project!  GO TEAM!!

 

In the 2012 GPS+Camera Pilot Project, students at Sir McChesney George Secondary School conducted original research on the broad theme “how has Codrington Village changed over time?” in Biology, Geography and Social Studies. Each group produced a 10-15 minute video describing their research methodologies and findings. A new video will be posted each Monday in July.

In Social Studies, students researched Barbuda’s Cowboy Past by conducting site visits, interviewing elders, and examining secondary sources. Students learned oral history and ethnographic interviewing skills using the Smithsonian Institute’s “Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide” and observed, sketched and photographed Indigo Well, which played a major role in historic open-range cattle herding, using the Scotland’s Rural Past “A Practical Guide to Recording Archaeological Sites.”  Students

The Social Studies team was made up of Adika Mussington, Kendria Jack, Latifah Murphy, Mackela King, Xena Webber and Coressa John.

 

In the 2012 GPS+Camera Pilot Project, students at Sir McChesney George Secondary School conducted original research on the broad theme “how has Codrington Village changed over time?” in Biology, Geography and Social Studies. Each group produced a 10-15 minute video describing their research methodologies and findings. A new video will be posted each Monday in July.

In Geography, students researched Codrington Castle (one of Codrington Village’s oldest buildings) by conducting site visits, interviewing elders and archaeologists, interpreting artifacts, and examining primary sources. Students assessed the reliability of their sources using a 5 point reliability scale and cross-checked their sources to make and support hypotheses about the Castle’s layout between 1800 and its destruction at the turn of the century.

The Geography team was made up of Aalayiah Collins, Shammah Ryan, Shaquille Haniff, Jahleel Punter, Shonda Potter, Shaznie Beazer, and Nelcleesha Thomas.