It is interesting to see what arouses the chilrdens’ interest. Food does that for the Kaveri home children.They all have seen hunger in their lives and for them the important questions have been:
“Where to get food from and where to spend the night?”
This past weekend we visited the Mikluha-Maklai historical museum. The children listened attentively about Nikolai’s journeys to Papua New Guinea, how he gained trust of the native people, about his scientific achievements and his naming of butterflies.
Nicholay Miklouho-Maclay (1846–1888) was an ethnologist, anthropologist and biologist.
The children enjoyed the museum. They listened, observed and explored for four full hours. Quite an achievement! I closed the museum door, it was getting dark. The last sun rays shone into a cupboard in the corner giving us a feeling as if it too wanted to tell yet an other story. The children ran to the restaurant where an appetizing dinner was being served. I stayed behind in the museum taking photos trying to catch the atmosphere this visit had created.
Sasha wrote about his visit:
“I liked the museum and all the stories. Especially the one about the feasts in Papua New Guinea.During the celebration every guest had a big piece of meat prepared in a banana leaf or in a clay pot just for him/her . No one else was allowed to even touch the food except the person who it was prepared for. They ate to the point where they could not get up and move away from the table. They rested for a couple of hours and continued eating. Niklaij Nikolajevich Mikluha – Maklai could not finish his portion. According the custom, the rest of the food was wrapped up for him to take home. The parcelwas too heavy for him to carry so he left it to the side of the trail. His servant then went to pick it up.”
Sasha 12 years old.
You will get to read Igor’s version of the visit. It is totally different and tells much about Mikluha Maklai.
When was the last time you visited a museum?