HAVANA, Cuba. - The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) made the inclusion of the project “From the Amazons to the Caribbean by Canoe” in the Memory of the World Regional Program official.
Susana Sardiñas, Permanent Secretary of UNESCO’s Cuban Commission, stressed in this capital the importance of this selection in 2010, declared by that entity as the “Year of Exchanges between Cultures and of the Protection of Cultural Diversity.”
With this decision –highlighted Sardiñas- UNESCO revives the milestone the expedition led by Antonio Nuñez Jimenez, a personality in the fields of science and culture, represented for regional unity, a journey that included touring 17,422 kilometers and 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
She highlighted the vision of the man that is considered “the fourth discoverer of Cuba” the perseverance of the protagonists of that deed and the work of the Antonio Nuñez Jimenez Foundation for Man and Nature, which made it possible to preserve the expedition’s documentary memory.
The collection includes some 135 objects worth being in a museum –among them one of the vessels used for the tour-, more than 13,300 negatives, some 3,870 slides, and 266 cassettes of films.
Janet Diaz, director of the Foundation’s Heritage Preservation Program, told ACN that many of the audiovisual materials have been adapted to digital format, with which a multimedia CD will be made.
The works of Cuba’s National Hero Jose Marti and the collection of negatives of the Noticiero ICAIC latinoamericano (Latin American Newscast of the Cuban Film Institute), complete the list of Cuban documents included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program.