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Tangible heritage

The material cultural heritage of the Suiti is the topic which, compared to songs, dances, food, fabrics and folk costumes and the Suiti language, is the least studied and explored. The household items made in the Land of Suiti, the local peculiarities and placement of buildings, tools, all this tells a lot about the people who lived here before. There are various reasons for this. Heritage work is mainly done by women. Which are usually more interested in intangible heritage topics. It is also easier to get support from the state for intangible heritage research. Unlike material things, which are usually left to museum staff. Plus these are things, that many still think are old, unnecessary junk. With which many attics of old peasant houses are stuffed with.

As a community, every year we lose some part of our material heritage. Similarly, once ubiquitous wooden buildings with shingled roofs, harnesses, products of local artisans ranging from dishes to large knives, furniture, dowry and grain chests, planing benches, planers, blacksmiths’ products and spinning carts were lost. We would like to hope that there will be more local people willing to work for the study and recording of the material heritage of our community. And people who will consider such things in their homes as valuable, as things to keep and hand over to next generations.