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May 14, 2019

NAMA and F1403 Excited with Caribbean Ties Aruba Expo

An initiative of the Archaeological Museum together with Fundacion 1403.

The National Archaeological Museum of Aruba and Foundation 1403 are very pleased to have managed bringing the temporary international exhibition of NEXUS 1492 Caribbean Ties / "Lasonan Caribense" for Aruba. The exhibition will be inaugurated on the 22nd of May at the Archaeological Museum.

The Aruba National Archaeological Museum (NAMA) is very grateful to NEXUS 1492 with the gift of this exhibition and to Foundation 1403 (F1403) as well as the Ministry of Culture to get in the exhibition Caribbean Ties Aruba on location. At the moment the exhibition is being set-up in the temporary exhibition hall of the Museum.

The Caribbean Ties exhibition is the finalization of the NEXUS 1492 project, which was lead by the Leiden University, in cooperation with different authorities in different Caribbean countries. This major research project, carried out by NEXUS 1492, created a unique research opportunity for NAMA in Aruba among others, with professionals in different field of expertise. The research resulted in a lot of information and also the idea for an exhibition. The Caribbean Ties exhibit, which showcases Indigenous heritage and culture and its contemporary value, will be inaugurated in different Caribbean countries in the month of May around the International Museum Day, which is celebrated May 18th.

The general coordinator of the Caribbean Ties exhibition project is Tibisay Sankansting Nava, a young Arubian working at the Faculty of Archaeology of the Leiden University, together with Professor Hofman who is the leader of the Nexus 1492 project. At the NAMA the Caribbean Ties Aruba project, is coordinated by Suzette Boekhoudt, an educational collaborator, with support of her colleague Norwin Maria.

The Archaeological Museum together with Fundacion 1403 are very pleased to have been involved in the project from the beginning, and the opportunity to have  contributed with their expertise to the international exhibition.