The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM- Musée des Civilisations de l`Europe et de la Mediterannée), which will open its doors on June 7 in Marseille, France, will host an exhibition on the cultural identity of Sarakatsani, a group of Greek transhumant shepherds.The center of the exhibition will be the “konaki”, the pastoralists’ traditional hut.
Everything began two years ago, at the meeting (antamoma) of the Brotherhood of Sarakatsani of Epirus which took place at Gyftokampos, in the Zagori region. Many specialists participated in the meeting and collected useful information on the traditions of sheep and goat breeding and the pastoral life in the past. Scientists were looking for specific information on the nomads of Greece, their movements and settlements. The Sarakatsani traditionally spent the summer months in the mountains and returned to the lower plains in the winter.
As Dimitris Tagas, secretary of the Brotherhood of Sarakatsani of Epirus who live in Athens, told ANAmpa, the cooperation with a university and an institution for the implementation of the project was fruitful. Eduard de Labrie, a French researcher who participated in the project, undertook to organize the issues related to agriculture and animal husbandry. Eduard de Labrie was the one that suggested Sarakatsani as the most typical example of pastoralism in Europe.