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May 13, 2019

International Museum Day 2019 reads | “Museums, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Changing Societies”

For International Museum Day 2019, we have selected for you a series of articles published in Museum International in connection with the theme “the future of tradition”.

Luby, E. M.; Onjala, I. and Kibet arap Mitei, D. 2016. ‘Museums, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Changing Societies: The “Ber gi dala” Exhibition and Cultural Heritage Preservation at Kisumu Museum, Kenya’, Museum International, Vol. 68, No. 271-272, pp. 118-130. Kenya

The aim of this article is to give an account of the Ber gi dala exhibition at the Kisumu Museum, Kenya. It focuses on the customs, traditional buildings, and intangible cultural heritage of one of the major tribal groups in Kenya, the Luo. The development and use of this innovative exhibition, insofar as it recreates traditional Luo homesteads is first analysed. The exhibition’s relevance in the framework for preserving and interpreting intangible cultural heritage is then discussed. Lastly, the exhibition’s role as a model for presenting relevant museum‐based, community‐oriented heritage preservation initiatives in a place undergoing rapid change is highlighted in the final section.

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