Artefacts provide us with
many wonderful memory devices as they incite our imaginations to
go far back into the depths of time, to a place where our thoughts may
never have been before. On another level, artefacts also possess an invaluable worth when they provide sound evidence
supporting a people's pre-historic existence while revealing their
behaviours, artistic values, and so much more - a presence which
otherwise been realized, except perhaps through folklore alone. In
which case, artefacts prove their worth yet again by augmenting a people's lore.
Hence, the insights these venerated objects impart are like precious beads on
string, whereby each one reveals another element of a larger
story emerging from time immemorial.
By studying the various epochs of a culture, one
is able to fashion some form of explanation that speaks to how
collective existences come to manifest across time. With this holistic
continuum in mind our generation gives praise to our ancestors; we
praise them for their will and ingenuity to establish and
maintain a sustainable way of life, of which we are but an extension.
In addition to this praise, we
that our generation is beholden to future generations to shape
out of our current circumstances the necessary requirements to live
and prosper, and to do so with dignity and respect within our own
lands, just as our ancestors had done.
Therefore, we shall faithfully endeavour to keep alive our story - a
story that speaks of the Creator gracing us with this land from which
our forebearers so
gloriously emerged, flourished, and shared with others.
So it is in this spirit that we offer up this virtual artefact gallery for
all to consider and enjoy. It is but a small, yet significant glimpse into our
story, as told through our ancestors' efficient tools, beautiful
weaves, and ceremonial objects.