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  • Dr Rebecca Rotter

CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across the Generations

The aim of the CHAGOS (Cultural Heritage Across the Generations) project is to help Chagossians to transmit and preserve their valuable culture. All Chagossians of all generations are invited to participate. Please get in touch via our public Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/chagos/, if you’re interested.

After a successful start to the project with a cuisine workshop in Crawley in June, we recently held our second UK workshop, on sega music and dance, at Tilgate Park. A very keen group of kids learned how to dance Chagossian sega (and how it differs from Mauritian sega!), and how to play ravanne.

In Mauritius, we held a series of cultural heritage transmission workshops on the themes of cuisine, sega music and dance, medicinal plants, and coconut handicrafts. It was wonderful to see the level of community engagement and enthusiasm to pass on and learn about Chagossian culture. We are also delighted to announce that we are collaborating with the Mauritius National Heritage Fund to nominate Chagossian sega music to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

We are currently working on producing instructive films from the workshops, which will feature on a Chagossian cultural heritage website and at exhibitions at Crawley Museum (UK) and the CRG Centre (Mauritius). There are also plans to participate in Crawley’s Black History Month celebrations in October. We hope to have more information about this soon. In the meantime, please visit our public Facebook page, www.facebook.com/groups/chagos!

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