The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) was among the sponsors of the SMU Living Village exhibit that opened in April. It was a walk through exhibit located on the Quad at Southern Methodist University.
SMU used some of the museum’s items to create replicas of typical Bhutanese and Burundi refugee settlements.
As SMU’s The Daily Campus stated, the Living Village intends to showcase a variety of shelter technologies that displaced populations can utilize…
While primary needs like food, water and shelter are important, culture is often lost in refugee camps, which hurts the quality of life of refugees.
The SMU anthropology department, Lyle engineers, and members of the North Texas Burundi and Bhutan populations worked together to demonstrate how cultural sustainability could still be valued in economically strapped refugee camps.