Celebrating the Marshallese Community

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A new exhibit is officially open and it is highlighting and celebrating our Marshallese community.

The display features clips of videos taken during celebrations, featuring traditional clothing and handcrafted items from the Marshall Islands. It was all created by Rona Masha, a member of Girl Scout Troop 5132. Her goal was to choose an issue she cares about and build a team to design a Take Action Project, then make it happen.

“It just shows that we’re now becoming a part of history in Northwest Arkansas, and that they’re going to be more of us here. Just, so they can become aware of who we are, what is very unique to us, just send awareness.”

Masha said she chose the Marshallese celebrations to learn more about the preservation of her cultural heritage and to teach others. Allyn Lord, Director of the Shiloh Museum, said it is also important for everyone to understand and learn about the traditions and the reasons they are important.

“People who have never known that there are Marshallese in the community or knew Marshallese, but didn’t understand some of the customs… It shares a vital part of what makes up not just Springdale, but Northwest Arkansas. It’s a part of who we are. It’s a big part of who we are and the celebration, that’s just the best.”
    
There was an opening reception for the exhibit at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale, but you can check it out until November 23. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and admission is free!

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