Curating Folklore: The Case of Private Ethnographic Gallery of Tahtakuslar Village

By Suheyla Saritas.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Folklore coined by William John Thoms is concered with linking us from past to present. It not only presents societies but also emontions, thoughts, tastes and worldviews of people. It is an integral part of culture and history. Museums, particularly folklore museums, are source of history and culture. They give insights to the future generations. The museum of Private Ethnographic Gallery of Tahtakuslar Village founded in 1991 is an example of folklore museums as the first village museum in Turkey. The museum not only exhibits Turkish culture and history but also educates and entertains visitors all over the world. The central argument of the paper is to discuss the importance of folklore museum referring case of The museum of Private Ethnographic Gallery of Tahtakuslar Village as well as the aspects of folklore and material culture in general.

Keywords: Folklore, Folklife, Material Culture, The Museum of Private Ethnographic Gallery of Tahtakuslar Village

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.47-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.042MB).

Dr. Suheyla Saritas

An assistant professor, Department of Folklore and Turkish Language and Literature, Balikesir University, Balikesir, Turkey

2003 Ph.D. Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and minor in Anthropology and museum studies in Indiana University, USA. 1998 M.A. Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicologyin Indiana University,USA. 1993 B.A. Turkish Folklore and Literature. Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. 2001-2003 Assistant professor in Indiana University in Purdue and Iowa State University.

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