Cul­tural Mu­seum of the Assyr­i­ans in Ankawa

His­tory, Life and Pros­per­ous is seen in the Mu­seum

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well as school groups, since it is im­por­tant for Chris­tian stu­dents to learn about their her­itage. The third group of visi­tors are or­di­nary peo­ple who may or may not be fa­mil­iar with the folk cul­ture and its ar­ti­facts. The Mu­seum also par­tic­i­pates in na­tional fes­ti­vals and oc­ca­sions, which is why the Di­rec­tor would like the govern­ment and the Kur­dish me­dia both to show a greater in­ter­est in, and raise pub­lic aware­ness of, these mat­ters. "Be­cause what we have pre­served here is a part of the col­or­ful flow­ers that to­gether make up the gar­den of Kur­dis­tan." He also men­tions that they have two books go­ing to press, one about Assyr­ian food, the other about Assyr­ian ar­chi­tec­ture. He ends our in­ter­view by say­ing: "I hope that be­fore my work is done, I will be able to create aca­demics in the fields of Arche­ol­ogy and folk­lore con­ser­va­tion. I want noth­ing more than this."

In fact, when you travel through the mu­seum, you feel as though you are trav­el­ling through, a long, beau­ti­ful and col­or­ful his­tory of this gen­uine com­po­nent of Kur­dis­tan. You also feel the tired­ness of the Di­rec­tor and his em­ploy­ees. As you come through the door, you feel that you are in an­other world, which is the an­cient life of the Chaldean and Assyr­i­ans. That way of life starts from the cra­dle, and ends up­stairs with doc­u­ments, art and cul­tural prod­ucts. This might be ac­ci­den­tal, but it is still an im­por­tant in­di­ca­tion of the life­style of this his­tor­i­cal com­po­nent of the pop­u­la­tion of Kur­dis­tan.

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