New Museum on Top of Erbil Citadel Perserves Kurdish Culture
Ten years prior, Kurdish anthropologist Lolan Sipan, started a small Kurdish carpet and textile museum in one of the last built mansions in the corner of Erbil. Recently, it's full potential has become revitalized and has garnered the attention of numerous tourists and locals.
On the opening night of the new and improved museum structure, Sipan stated, in an attempt to express the importance of maintaining culture, that he tries "to gather and collect data on the number of tribes. How many tribes are they, how many families are they, the illiteracy rate among the nomadic children, the women's position, and, their struggle for survival."
He goes on later to say, "If we do not do something immediately, or intervene immediately, the nomadism culture would disappear within years in Kurdistan."
Sipan's stand points have been supported by a variety of people. In fact, Nihad Qoja, mayor of Erbil, even stated, "Here the Kurdish culture is kept from oblivion. After the Gulf War of 1991 much has been lost, but the museum has succeeded in preserving a part of our culture and presenting it very nicely."
Not only that, but his museum has accumulated the support of numerous foreign and local officials who appreciate the way that the museum sticks to it's firm upholding of Kurdish heritage.