Duhok Cul­tural Mu­seum, Home of Folk­lore

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Sh­van Go­ran

seum than lost or taken abroad" he re­marked.

The mu­seum’s col­lec­tions cover a range of folk­loric ar­eas in­clud­ing clothes, farm­ing equip­ment, do­mes­tic equip­ment, weapons, women’s clothes and ac­ces­sories, chil­dren’s clothes, herbs, pho­to­graphs, sound record­ings and pho­to­graphs of mu­si­cians and trav­el­ling singers. All in all, the Mu­seum holds more than 2500 an­tiques and arte­facts along with 850 cas­settes of songs clas­si­fied ac­cord­ing to the singer with a brief bi­og­ra­phy and a pho­to­graph if avail­able. Ra­jab says they have col­lected all the cas­settes in ev­ery area and recorded them for pos­ter­ity. He hopes a sep­a­rate depart­ment will open soon within the mu­seum for these record­ings, which will be able to make copies avail­able to the pub­lic. "This depart­ment will serve as a good source for stu­dents who want to re­search folk­lore songs or singers in the fu­ture."

The mu­seum is now pre­par­ing to show­case more than 380 kinds of Kur­dish herbal medicines and dried foods; the ex­hi­bi­tion is to be held in early Septem­ber. The of­fi­cial ex­hi­bi­tion will last for three days, but the herbs and dried foods will be avail­able in the mu­seum from then on.

The Mu­seum is vis­ited by are peo­ple from Duhok and other cities of Kur­dis­tan, al­though nonIraqis also visit who have heard about it. Dur­ing March ev­ery year, school chil­dren of all ages pay vis­its to the mu­seum. The mu­seum is open from 9 am to 6.30 pm ev­ery day ex­cept Fri­day and Satur­day.

A side of the mu­seum where an­tiques and arte­facts of var­i­ous types are show­cased.

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