Hope and fear of the folklore house [Archives:2006/993/Reportage]
“I wish I felt secure and safe towards my Folklore House without locks and alarms that this House may one day be replaced to a shop rather than an association,” says Arwa Othman, the director of the Folklore House.
Folklore House is a cultural, nonprofit NGO. It is also a small-scale museum that conducts research and studies, collect documents of Yemen's spiritual heritage.
The Folklore House
Since the establishment of the Folklore House, in April 10, 2004, Othman has gone full steam ahead with her plan to document Yemeni traditional heritage especially the verbal one that includes songs, fables, adages, jokes, riddles, fairy, tales and myths. Nevertheless she finds herself in a tight spot. She was the only worker there, she was conducting research, traveling to collect more stories and cleaning the Folklore House after the visitors left. The real obstacle, however, that put a spoke in her wheel was the absence of the finance and working group to help her. \”I invited some of the movers and shakers to this House