Displaying the diversity of Vietnam’s cultures
Working for the museum, Christine Hemmet has done an excellent job in introducing objects on
Quai Branly was built in a modern style of architecture. At the museum we exhibit objects collected from Europe, Asia, Africa and
Some of them are interested in looking at the museum’s architecture, some are interested in admiring what is presented inside the museum.
Many newspapers in
9,400 objects collected from
Why was the first exhibition of the museum named after the book “We have eaten the forest” by George Condominas?
In 1957, his book, “We have eaten the forest”, was first introduced in
George’s book, which was written after the two years (1948-1950) he lived with Mnong Gar people at Sar Luk in the Central Highlands impressed people by many new things and how profound it is.
A lot of compliments were written to praise George. Journalists and researchers said his book was the combined work of a writer with excellent writing skills and a great view of a researcher. It described the life of the ethnic minority people in such a natural way.
I think the book was inspired primarily by the rich culture and language of Sar Luck villagers. George Condominas opened a new research methodology that today researchers are still applying.
Do you think that the 500 objects George Condominas collected during the time he was in the
There are many reasons. The exhibition provided great knowledge to visitors and it was the result of excellent research.
Each object has its own story which was noted down carefully by George Condominas. He wrote the objects’ stories sometimes by words, sometimes by drawings or photos.
It has been 60 years now, but what he collected does not only have ethnological value but also historical value.
As his student, what was his advice for you about studying
After graduating from
The first thing he taught was that we should always start by studying the language of the ethnic minority that we want to research. only through that could we better understand their thinking, their culture as well as their customs.
The first time I came to
While preparing for the exhibition part of the museum I went to all provinces in
I stayed in villages of H’mong, Thai, Dzao, talked to them and saw what they did in their daily life. We collected a large number of objects for the museum.
What I have always done is more focus on the exhibitions at the museum than on writing or doing research like what my professor did. However, his experience is extremely helpful for us to exhibit objects in museums in the most scientific and lively way.