All About Death in Ethnography Museum FISIP UNAIR

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Head of Ethnography Museum and Study Center, FISIP UNAIR, Toetik Koesbardiati, Ph.D, explaining about the museum collection to General Director of Culture official, Vice Rector III UNAIR and Dean of FISIP UNAIR

UNAIR NEWS – After being renovated and revitalized for a month, Ethnography Museum and Study Center, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Airlangga, has been officially opened. On Monday, March 21, General Director  of Culture of Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid officially opened the museum managed by FISIP.

Hilmar was accompanied by Director of Cultural Heritage and Museum Harry Widianto, Indonesian General Director of Culture from 2011 to 2015 Prof. Kacung Marijan, Vice Rector III UNAIR Prof. M. Amin Alamsjah, Ph.D, and Dean of FISIP UNAIR Dr. Falih Suaedi, M.Si.

In his address, Hilmar considered that museum is a place for information and knowledge. But, major problem faced by all museums generally is public communication. For Hilmar, the museum staff should involve the public in many programs they have.

“I hoped this museum will not only focus on information gathering, but also actively conduct public communication, so they have the belonging. At least UNAIR civitas academica should have belonging to this museum. I hope this ethnography museum can be an example for other museums,” Hilmar said.

The Director General of Culture hoped that the museum management will hold many programs involving public participation. If  FISIP UNAIR promote good programs related to the museum operational, Hilmar promised to increase the allocation fund for ethnography museum FISIP UNAIR Previously, ethnography museum has received Rp 300 million for renovation.

Similar to Hilmar, Falih as the Dean of FISIP hoped that the museum can be an instrument to spread awareness on the importance of cultural approach. He believed that Indonesia will be a greater country if the people understand its culture through museums.

Dirjen Kebudayaan Hilmar Farid menandatangani batu tulis sebagai tanda resmi Museum dan Pusat Kajian Etnografi bisa dinikmati masyarakat umum. (Foto: UNAIR NEWS)
General Director of Culture, Hilmar Farid signing the inscription stone. (Photo: UNAIR NEWS)

Ethnography Museum and Study Center actually has been established by UNAIR Rector on September 25, 2005. It was included as a member of Regional Museum Association (AMIDA) of East Java. Since its establishment, ethnography museum has made a lot of achievements. In 2014, it got second place in provincial competition on exhibition management. While in 2015 it got the first place.

This ethnography museum’s theme is Death. The Head of Ethnography Museum and Study Center, Toetik Koesbardiati, Ph.D, said that Death is a cycle of life which is quite close to human. Even it is something they fear and rarely talked about, it is the most important thing they ever think about.

“It is proven by the diverse ceremony we have in the nation. And it even cost them so much,” said Toetik.

Therefore, with information on Death collected in an ethnography  museum, people will know more about death tribal rituals and life of the past. (*)

Author: Defrina Sukma S

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