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Ethnographic Museum of Buon Ma Thuot

  • Suturn

    Joined Travelfish
    14th April, 2012
    Location Italy
    Posts: 25
    Total reviews: 8

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    As for the Volunteering in Da Lat and for the same header problem in posting my review I post here:

    Amazingly Necessary,

    I'm really surprised this wonderful museum, re-newed in 2011, doesn't receive more visits by foreigners in the area who, more likely, prefer to visit the Amusement Ethnic Villages in the area.
    The museum is neatly organized in three rich and detailed sections:
    History: with neolitic findings and then, with a big jump forward (the middle ages are represented by a cannon with Chinese characters on) the resistance against French and then Americans and the process of sedentarization of the Ethnic Minorities.
    The Environment section has, surprisingly, a collection of dried plants and (!) coffee beans that can be smelled, besides there's a part dedicated to environmental matters, some minorities still practice Slash and Burn (aaahhrrrgg!!).
    The Population part is the richest and more amazing, the quality of the ritual videos, part of a French-leaded project, it's astonishing.
    Unfortunately not all the screens spreaded around are used and some have videos not subtitled.
    The photographs partially very old and partially quite recent, are amazing, it felt like being there.

    If a personal comment is allowed, maybe we should let the amazing work of getting in contact with these people to the anthropologists. Let them gather more material so that as audience, with a bit of fantasy and curiosity, we can imagine to be there, without risking to compromise the autencity of these cultural manifestations. Anyway, IMHO, if you don't feel deeply moved and curious about what is displayed in this museum do yourself and these people a favour and give a miss to the amusement parks.

    The entrance is now in Le Duong Street, there's a cafeteria with good coffee downstairs.


    Vote: 10 out of 10

    #1 Posted: 5/8/2012 - 04:47

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