11 Dec-16 Mar – We’ve Eaten the Forest

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Nguyen Van Huyen, Cau Giay, Hanoi


We’ve Eaten the Forest

G. Condominas in Sar Luk Village

From the Ethnology Museum website:

Most of the objects are things, photos and fieldwork notes of the famous French ethnologist Georges Condominas in 1948-1949. At that time, he had lived with the Mnông Gar people in Sar Luk village (now it is in Krông Nô commune, Lắc district, Đắc Lắc province). His painstaking and deep understanding of the Mnông Gar is shown in several works, especially in the ethnological ‘classic’ work We’ve eaten the Đá forest and Gô spirit. The exhibition focuses on re-creating life of the Mnông Gar in Sar Luk village in the middle of the 20th Century (about people, costumes, handicrafts, customs of field tilling, fishing, and buffalo sacrifice etc.). At once, it reflects life and work of the ethnologist in the field. Besides, the exhibition will introduce the life of people in Sar Luk village now after different changes in a long time; and the village is now named Rchai. At the end part, the exhibition’s content is presented through two Condominas’s trips to visit the village in 1996 and 2006, and through photos taken in 2006 by an artist in Buôn Ma Thuột.

This exhibition was previously shown in Paris by the Quai Branly Museum. It will be held at the VME with support from the French Embassy in Việt Nam, the Quai Branly Museum, and some other sponsors.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Nguyen Van Huyen,
Cau Giay, Hanoi
Tel: (84-4) 7562193
8:30 am to 17:30 pm
Closed Mondays

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