Protection of Traditional Knowledge
Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council (ICC) is pleased to announce the publication and sale of its latest magazine commemorating Indian Heritage Month (May 2002). The theme of the magazine marking the arrival of Indians from India to Trinidad during Indentureship (1845-1917) is Protection of Traditional Knowledge. Descendants of these immigrants now comprise about half the population of multi-ethnic Trinidad and Tobago (1.3million).
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines traditional knowledge as information in a community that is transmitted orally from generation to generation that has not been documented. The custodians of this traditional knowledge are often our elders, and when they pass on, their wealth of knowledge perishes with them. For the Indian community, the oral tradition is a part of their daily lives, even in this electronic age. Without this tradition, they would be set adrift in a perilous sea of foreign airwaves.