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OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #1: THAT’S WE CULTURE

What do you see here? (Addressed to the whole group)

An outdoor fireside made of cinder blocks, iron mesh

Ashes, pieces of coal, and a lone stone

Charred and unused wood

An outdoors stove that might have been recently used

A triple-burner open-air stove that is not currently being used

A discarded worn-out cutlass lying in one of the three firesides

Why did you take this photo? (Addressed to the photographer)

I took that photograph to show the innovation of the Grenadian people and our cultural heritage.

Additionally, the photo was taken to showcase where we had started (with outdoor firesides) before we made gas stoves.

More importantly, the picture was captured to promote a traditional alternative to the expensive, modernized ways of cooking with electric and gas stoves.

What is really happening here? (Addressed to the whole group—alternatively what does the photograph represent?)

The outdoor fireside alternatively signifies a self-sustaining lifestyle that is durable and reliable and it symbolizes both human ecological footprint and family tradition. It also represents frontier living in terms of efficiency and functionality. Economically, the fireside connotes the recycling of resources such as the cinder blocks and iron meshes. The charred wood in the photo similarly forewarns us about the dangers of deforestation (cutting down trees for firewood) that affects animals, plants, and the water cycle. Also, the outdoor stove represents the emissions of carbon and other pollutants in the air that influence human health and global warming which drain us culturally, socially, and economically. Simultaneously, the fireside suggests going green and going against green. On a positive note, the fireside symbolizes regeneration regarding the ideas of death and rebirth that represents a cultural revival.

PHOTO Title: Fireside

Photograph Location: Clozier, St. John’s, Grenada, W. I.

Photographer: Horace George

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