Cultural Memory, Tradition and Folklore Museums

Demir S.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.95, pp.184-193, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.184-193
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


In this paper evaluating the relation between memory and tradition on folklore museums axis, primarily the boundaries of memory and tradition have been determined and their mutual relation has been reviewed. Due to the fact that memory and tradition are misused as substitutes for each other and as this causes incomprehensibility, it has become necessary to determine the boundaries of these two concepts. In addition to this, the relation of cultural memory and tradition with the museum has rendered an in-depth understanding of these two concepts necessary. The fact that "tradition", which enabled the birth of museums as the most important sustainability institutions of modern and post-modern societies and also the birth of folklore museums, in the context of this study, is not present in the exhibitions and collections of these museums constitutes the focus point of this article. No matter how natural it is for folklore products to constitute the collections of folklore museums, these museums are unable to exhibit all products of folklore. In this paper products of folklore are classified as "living", "inter-timed" and "fixed". While "Living" products of folklore are synonymous with tradition, inter-timed folklore products are considered as the dream of the past in the present. In addition to these, fixed folklore products are considered to be matured or dead. When the said products of folklore are considered to be artifacts and/or collections of museums, it has been observed that products of living "folklore" are not a part of museum collections.