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To de-fend our traditional art

On September 11, 2011, a small group of cyclists from the Adventure Racing Federation (Minsk) came to Raubichi Museum of Traditional Belarusan Art which works here for nearly 35 years. For over a year already within the bicycle tour project called “Mapping Myself And Planet” they come to the Museum themselves and bring their foreign guests together with them. Now the Museum needed a fence to be built near the main entrance.

Ales Staver, a famous Belarusan poet, once said ‘To truly love our dear Belarus, one has to travel far and wide first’. Only those who understand other countries can understand and love their own land and people.

The members of the cyclist group did travel far and wide, there were several alumni of the US educational programs. Because of their international experience they knew the importance of protecting their own culture. Together with them, they also brought a Mexican and an American, to show them beautiful Belarusan art and engage them into protecting it. The team spent several hours working and talking about real life in Belarus and in the United States. The result was a fence, hopefully just a start to protect the Museum from huge sport facilities looming around. Another result was better understanding of the histories of our countries, both distant and modern.

Our ancient traditions are rocks of stability in the today’s economic chaos, and examples of real art in the times when Americanized television showers us with commercial pop-culture. That is why cooperation between Raubichi Museum of Traditional Belarusan Art and the Adventure Racing Federation will continue and bring new positive results.