A document is any material that contains knowledge in any of its forms. The category includes traditional documents, such as books, articles, photographs and CDs, but also many other items that, in general terms, are not usually seen as information carriers.
This is the case of a multitude of objects: three-dimensional items including archaeological artifacts as well as any other element that may be significant when telling a story.
The collection of objects conserved at the Charles Darwin Foundation's (CDF) archive is made up of various items, each one depositor of a memory or a story. Among them are several hooks that at the time endangered the lives of different animals.
These are large pieces of steel used for fishing albacore, tuna fish and similar pieces, which ended up hooked or entangled in specimens of Galapagos marine fauna. Its preservation in the archive responds to the need to document the effects of the coexistence of a unique biodiversity and an active fishing fleet in a protected territory. Galapagos conservation includes certain conflicts and contradictions, and these objects (and many others) are a sample of such problems.
The memory of any society (including that of the Galapagos Islands) includes dark areas, gaps, discussions and some narratives that, at times, it seems preferable to hide. However, the duty of any archive is to preserve the testimonies that account for the whole story. To keep the whole picture for the future.
Aa.Vv. [Hooks]. [Artifacts]. [N.d.] : Aa.Vv., [n.d.]. [N.d.] : [n.d.] : [n.d.]. DDC 508. Well preserved.
Text & picture: Edgardo Civallero (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Publication date: 1 December 2021
Last update: 1 December 2021