Goa Chitra the museum for Goan ethnography is a unique 4000-artifact collection and display of traditional farming implements and other ancient tools of trade. What makes it unique is that it is set against the backdrop of Goa Chitra’s traditional organic farm which is open for live, hands-on experience to students, professionals and anyone else. You can look at the artifacts, observe the fishpond, the farm, do a bit of threshing if you visit at harvest time, feed the animals, attend a concert, a lecture, oh, and have an authentic, mouth-watering Goan meal. For testimonials click here: Goa Chitra is a tribute by its founder Victor Hugo Gomes to our ancestors and to their way of life using age-old wisdom passed down through generations.
Each artifact is supplemented by information that was collected in situ by interviewing the elder members of the community and through the study of its application in daily life. A mega project of documenting oral testimonies of indigenous peoples, our last fragile links to the past, is underway.
Goa Chitra is on a mission to build an oral history database, collecting and cataloging oral histories from community elders and funding is requested through the One Dollar Campaign. The goal of collecting oral histories involves more than just gathering information about the past. The research will compose a historical and ethnographic profile describing the cultural and historical features of the community and their life style. We are seeking support to celebrate and preserve the history of the Gaunkar and Goan identity.
The Dona Angela Memorial Trust looks to forming a corpus fund, the interest of which will maintain the place for posterity. The hope is that every Goan across the world sees this project as an extension of their ancestry. The one dollar campaign is the minimum that we request for from every individual who wishes to support this mission and call it their own.
The interest of the corpus fund will be used for the following purposes:
Maintenance, restoration and conservation
Research and documentation.
Marketing, publicity and public relations.
Equipment - camera systems, audio visual systems etc
Free family day programmes
Funding a skilled intern during summer vacations
Donations can be made to the following account:
A/c Name- Dona Angela Memorial Trust
A/c No- 12211450000021
Bank Name- HDFC Bank Ltd, Margao, Goa, India
Branch Code- 1221
Swift Code- HDFCINBB
IFSC CODE- HDFC 0001221
MICR CODE- 403240020
Donations to Dona Angela Memorial Trust are tax deductible u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961. All donations are deeply appreciated!
Preserving the past to enrich the future
We have students from all over the world living the Goa Chitra experience. This we hope will create awareness about nature, its influences, and benefits on human life. Goa Chitra’s outreach programmes promote awareness and appreciation of the traditional agrarian lifestyle, of the eco-friendly techniques that were practiced. The mission is to create sensitivity and concern for the environment in our youth.
The Goa Chitra Museum accepts partnerships with other educational entities and scholars, as well as with institutions who share our mission to illuminate cultural diversity and linkages from ancient times to the present, providing a place and context for intellectual exchanges among multi-ethnic communities.
This has been a one-man effort so far, but the magnitude of this project requires support. Goa Chitra is a full fledged museum project which is currently self-financed and owned by Victor Hugo Gomes and managed by the Dona Angela Memorial Trust.
There is a great urgency to develop an ethnographic / ethno historical profile of the Goan indigenous society that plays such a large part in the formation of this fascinating culture that holds visitors from all over the world, in thrall. Here are some details
How YOU can help
There are a variety of ways you can get involved or help Goa Chitra maintain its collections and provide new exhibits and programs.
Membership Categories & Benefits:
Individual: $50 (annual fee); Senior Citizens $25 (annual fee): Free admission for one other. Invitations to members for exhibition openings and other special events. Reading room - access to Library.
Family Membership: $100 (annual fee): All benefits above, plus workshops for two persons (adults or children). 10% Discounts at the museum shop. Invitation for two to annual museum event (inclusive of dinner).
Privilege Membership: $200 (annual fee): All Family benefits above, plus two one-day guest passes. Invitation to Annual Farm Day (inclusive of dinner)
Patron: $1000 and above (one time donation): All supporting benefits of privilege membership, plus eligibility to rent Museum spaces for private gatherings at special discounted rates. Permanent mention on Donor’s Plaque at the museum and all museum publications.