Years of Beşpınar at Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum

Bayburt Post – Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum, registered by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2019, continues its development. Finally, Beşpınar Square of the 1970s and 1980s took its place in the museum. Six workplaces in the years that Beşpınar was a central village in its region and that it produced were symbolically revived in the museum. Working in the childhood and early youth of Kenan Yavuz, the founder of the museum, Carpenter Mehmet Yavuz; Workplaces such as Loru Kahvesi and the names of their owners were kept alive with the spaces created in the museum. The interior of each space was also equipped with tools belonging to the periods it represented related to the business line.

“If we cannot protect the beauty that should not change …”
The founder of the museum, Kenan Yavuz, who talked about the past of Beşpınar and gave information about the newly created “Beşpınar Square” in the museum, said, “All the tradesmen we created here were present in our village. This was a central village. The professions mentioned here were practiced. Because they were the days of a closed economy period. People had to live self-sufficiently within themselves. Its connections with the city were as few as possible. People from the city; They would continue their lives by buying clothes, sugar and tea. This social structure ended as it opened up. Of course, the flow from the village to the city also caused families to break up and smaller families. With the break from tradition and the atmosphere of great family love, people who have been kneaded with the troubles of the metropolis, turned towards individualism with financial difficulties and computer, telephone and television addiction. The individualized human has also become more mechanical. A type of person emerged that only thought about the rent of his house, the model of his car. However, mankind owns beauties that should not have changed since their creation. If we cannot preserve the beauty that should not be changed, we can carry neither our language, our social structure, nor our nationhood into the future. Therefore, such cultural focus is needed. “Our ethnography museum that we built here is a small cultural stop.”

Ethnographic time and space relationship
Kenan Yavuz, the founder of the Ethnographic Museum, who undertakes the task of preserving the ‘old life’ and making it visible in the ‘new life’ and continues its activities with the slogan ‘Living and Living Museum’ in this direction, Kenan Yavuz, the founder of the Ethnographic Museum, also talked about the processes that the museum has gone through since its establishment. Stating that the initiative that started in 2011 continued with the registration granted by the Ministry in 2019, Yavuz stated that they considered the relationship between time and place in ethnographic terms in the creation of the museum. Yavuz stated that the exhibited works are ethnographic as well as they are trying to make the construction like that, adding that they have implemented a wood-based construction by collecting stones from the surrounding mountains and using soil and lime.
“More original, more story tourism will come to the fore”
Stating that the tourism trend has evolved into a culture-oriented point and its importance is understood more during the epidemic period, Yavuz stated that people will turn to tourism where they can experience more stories, more adventurous, integrated with nature, more unique and different cultures, from the trilogy of sea, sun and sand. Stating that the museum has undertaken an important mission in this sense, Yavuz noted that while maintaining the forgotten beauties of village life and social life, they also enable people to live those days by entering them personally.
“Whoever comes to us, live us”
Yavuz said, “Our museum is not equipped with spaces covered with glass. By saying the Living Museum, we offer environments where our people can do the activities of the period. We do not have a problem like modernity, there are many such museums in the world. We did not create places where our people can only take pictures. We offer these experiences to live by directly entering these stories. Here, we use the motto “Let us live” for people who want to live and visit this cultural stop. He should divide Bayburt’s bread that comes to Bayburt, eat his food, sing Bayburt’s folk song, smell Bayburt’s air, play Bayburt bars. If you can not make this self feel by highlighting it, these initiatives will not be sustainable, ”he said.

A new event every Sunday
On the other hand, Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum, which opened its doors to its visitors as of June 1, 2020, prepares for various activities to be held during the summer and spends every Sunday with a new activity on village life. In the museum, where the Scythe Mowing event was held last week, the “Boning” event will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 16:00. The event will be broadcast live on the Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum Instagram page, as it did last week.


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