Museon-expedition to the Samburu! | News Paper Article ‘De Posthoorn’

THE HAGUE – An expedition team of the Museon travels around the world for the new exhibition “Climate Stories”. Diederik Veerman, Anne-Marie Boer and Thom Deelstra are leaving today, Wednesday February 15th, on their first journey to Kenya. They will stay there for 3 ½ weeks with the Samburu, Kenyan herdsmen. The expedition team will research one thing; what kind of influence has climate change on the culture of the Samburu? Diederik Veerman (curator of the Museon) cannot wait to leave. “We want to find out how the Samburu deal with desertification, because their lifestyle is dependent of nature. We know already that there is a shift towards herding camels instead of cows. We are curious what other changes they make to adept the dry climate.” The Expedition team will not only visit Kenya, but also visit Delfland in the Netherlands and the Pacific. “In those area’s people have to deal with different circumstances. In the Pacific the land is threatened to be flooded by sea and in the Netherlands technology is used to regulate the water. In these three areas we are going to collect stories and artefacts for the exhibition ‘Climate Stories’ which will run for ten years” Veerman explains. Thom Deelstra will record the stories we collect on camera. This footage will be part of the exhibition. “The setting of the exhibition will be like a television studio. The visitor will present and edit a news program, they will choose what will be on the show.” Costs No doubt this will be a great adventure, but how can the Museon finance a journey like this, when the government has cut so badly in the funds? “We collected the money our selves, you could call us cultural entrepreneurs.” The money for the entire project, 300.000,- euro’s, comes from several funds; Foundation 1818, VSB Foundation, the Mondriaan Foundation and Foundation Doen. Cordaid supports through intermediation and expertise during the journey to North Kenya. QuestionsNewspaper interview Veerman is really curious about the Samburu; “they sleep with nine people in one hut, therefore we take our own tent. We also need to take warm clothes, the temperature can drop to 10 degrees.” And what do the Samburu eat? “They traditionally live on a diet of milk, blood and sometimes meat. Lately also ‘ugali’ (a kind porridge made of corn) is introduced in the area.” Enjoy! Tanja Verkaik

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