08.12.2010 -

Thirteen new heritage collections inscribed on Regional Memory of the World Register

Thirteen of the fourteen nominations received and reviewed at the recently concluded eleventh Meeting of the Memory of the World Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (MOWLAC) were approved for the inscription on the Regional Register. The meeting, which was held in Mexico last October, discussed nominations from eight countries in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Saint Lucia and Uruguay.

Approved nominations, which were relevant, precious and unique components of the regional heritage, include Roderick Walcott and Helen Adelaide Wood Collections from Saint Lucia and Jamaica respectively, and the colossal photographic and audio-visual collection of Amazonian peoples, produced by Jesco von Puttkamer (Brazil).


The Roderick Walcott collection documents the private literary works of the late Roderick Walcott (1930-2000), a Saint Lucian musical playwright and twin brother to Nobel Laureate Prize winner for Literature in 1992, Derek Walcott. Listings of Roderick Walcott's works include 17 dramas, 8 musicals and 2 screenplays. The collection was donated by his widow Mrs Stella Walcott to the University of the West Indies Open Campus (Saint Lucia) in 2009.


The Helen Adelaide Wood Collection from Jamaica consists of approximately 480 original and annotated illustrations of plants and animals from the early 1900s. This collection is housed in Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), Institute of Jamaica. The illustrations of both native and introduced species, including cacti, orchids, birds, caterpillars and lizards, have been in the custody of the Institute of Jamaica since 1927. All the illustrations are dated and signed by Miss Wood.


Brazil's Jesco von Puttkamer Collection was another well regarded nomination. This collection represents an invaluable audio-visual ethnographic heritage encompassing the culture, customs and interaction with the environment of approximately 60 indigenous peoples in the Amazon. Images and impressions have been collected for 40 years within the Amazon jungle.


This collection preserves realities that no longer exist, some extinct peoples and others readapted to the contemporary world. Millenary people's essence is found therein, old inhabitants of the Brazilian, Venezuelan, Peruvian, Columbian and Bolivian territory who have left us a legacy. That is extended knowledge that composes an asset to humanity. Therefore the goal is to make the world familiar with its memory and history showing this paramount nexus between humanity's past and the future of our successors; deliver to the Latin American people, through the availability of access, the sense of multiplicity of time.


Ten other nominations were also approved for the Regional MOWLAC Register:

<li>Collection Jose M "Pichi" Meisegeir S.J. (Argentina),

<li>Coleccion del IPEARFRO (Brazil),

<li>Collections of printed Chilean popular poetry: Lira Popular (Chile),

<li>Coleccion de Jose Celestino Mutis (Columbia),

<li>The Indentureship Collection (Jamaica),

<li>Minute book of the Institute of (Jamaica),

<li>Collection JM Besnes e Irigoyen Spanish (Uruguay),

<li>Publicaciones Periodicas y Primeros Impresos (1810-1850) (Uruguay),

<li>Collection of Prof. Dr. Carlos Quijano (1900-1984) (Uruguay),

<li>Vida y obra de Ernesto Che Guevera (Cuba).

The eleventh meeting of the Regional Committee of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean took place in Mexico City, Mexico, from 26 to 28 October 2010, with the support of the Government of Mexico, and in the framework of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence.

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