Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre

Recently in Minnesota I had a chance to meet with the founder of TAEC, The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre,  while they were visiting different organizations across the US.

Founded in 2006, The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is "a museum in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. It is the only independent non-profit museum and resource centre in Laos dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the traditional arts and lifestyles of the country’s many and diverse ethnic groups."

While the time spent with them was relatively short, I walked away with a sense that they will play an important role in the future. Their work could help us all to build a diverse sense of Lao history, as seen through the eyes of nearly 160 different ethnic groups present in Laos. Only time will tell, of course, but you can see more of their work at:

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