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Thursday, June 1 • 11:00am - 11:30am
(Wooden Artifacts) Preservation of the Endangered Cultural Assets of the Traditional Egyptian Storyteller's Heritage and its Instruments and Tools

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The traditional Egyptian storytellers' heritage is very important. In its expressive singing, stylized speech, motion and assets, it is one of the unique expressions of Egyptian's rich performing arts tradition and folk culture. It represents a repository for the rich spectrum of Egyptian folk history, symbolism and traditions not only in its intangible form but also in its instruments and movable assets. There are several forms of this heritage: 1. In its cinematic form, the storytellers, for narrating the stories accompanied by images, scenes and music, use a wooden box (called Sanduk El-Donia "Peep show box”). 2. In the theatrical form, handicraft puppets (called Araquz or Qaraquz), made of wood and textile been used. 3. In its musical form, there are different storytelling performed by vocalists and poets accompanied by various musical instruments made of wood, reed and other materials (e.g. Rababa, Simsimiyya, Darbukkah and Mizmar). The assets of the traditional Egyptian storytellers' heritage are very rich and have an irreplaceable value to our understanding of past and present cultures and they require care to preserve their value for future generations. The danger of losing such heritage and its assets is latent. It is rapidly disappearing under the impact of several reasons. A project been launched in cooperation between The UNESCO Office in Cairo, ICOM-CC-Wood, Furniture and Lacquer WG and The International Storytelling Center (ISC) Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA, during which A survey, reviewing, inventory and assessment of the assets of traditional Egyptian storytellers' heritage been conducted in the Egyptian museums/institutions as well as some international museums/institutions. The work includes: 1. Surveying, reviewing and assessment the existing collections in the Egyptian museums, in order to assess the representative-scope, quality and quantity of the collections and their state of conservation. 2. Assessing the conservation problems of the mentioned assets in the Egyptian museums and proposing the required conservation process within a general detailed comprehensive conservation plan. That includes: a. Evaluating the existing conservation facilities of the museums and propose their upgrading. b. Conducting a full assessment of the state of conservation of the collections. c. determining the conservation needs of each collection, in general, and the artifacts, in particular. d. proposing a plan for upgrading the various collections in order to ensure the long-term future of the artifacts. 3. Documenting and gathering existing visual and textual documentation of the mentioned assets for digitization and storage. 4. Surveying and reviewing the existing collections in some museums/institutions in some countries as USA, India, UK and Italy. 5. Defining future development possibilities and feasibility for further phases of the project to be undertaken. 6. Writing full Reports on the results include Surveying, reviewing, assessment and documenting conducted, the conservation plan and a short brochure on the subject. 7. Designing a database with web pages to be related and linked to the UNESCO website for the collections, with basic information on their history, description, photographs …etc. In this paper the work conducted with the complete results will be summarized with some example details.

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Dr. Hany Hanna

Director General of Conservation, Helwan, El-Saf and Atfeh Sector, Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt.
I have: - Ph.D. Degree in conservation, (with the first class honor), in May 2003. - Master Science degree in conservation, (Grade Excellent), in May 1998. - Bachelor Degree in Theology, (Grade: Excellent), in May 1990. - Bachelor Degree in conservation, (Grade very good), in May... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Acapulco Ballroom Level, West Tower