New Mu­seum on Top of Er­bil Ci­tadel Perserves Kur­dish Cul­ture

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

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.

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