The high-street is suffering in the world of digital commerce. Alternative Fruit holds its hands up, we are drawing people in who want to shop with our links. The high-street is struggling to evolve however it seems that Honduras has cottoned on to the right idea. Among all the gadget shops and supermarkets in Tegucigalpa can be found a proud and defiant museum. Where everyone else is about making money, the Museum of National Identity is about bringing in the people for a good reason. We need hero spots like this in every town and city in order to make our visit to the high-street worth-while.
In an artistically designed red building, painted orange and white, is a place for culture and arts. Built in 1880 and recommissioned as a public venue in 2006, the Tegus hotspot contains a culture space, the museum, and an art gallery. The capital city of this once Spanish colony has a proud history and diverse backstory that is being allowed to resonate deeply through this modern day age.
By highlighting and retelling the stories that changed and sculpted the destiny of today's Honduras, the visitors to the centre can get a true sense of who they are and where they have come from. It's seen as an important part of creating a community of like-minded individuals. As we each find affiliations for various characters and events within our national story,we find out what kind of people we are. By having affiliations to our culture that can be rooted back to other people's own choices, we can all find out how we fit into the great machine that is functioning society.
Around half of the museum is completely dedicated to the Mayan culture. With modern day arts from local residents, some of whom have won competitions and been highlighted at international events, the first thing visitors witness is the creative power of the current wave of artists. Continue through and into the museum and be amazed at the hoard of ancient Mayan artefacts. In their rightful home, these pieces of genuine antiquity are framed by yet more modern day interpretations in various media.
The stories and symbols from ancient Mayan culture are given a home in which their messages and themes can be impressed onto the minds of today's story-tellers. Keeping the ancient ideas alive in a modern day setting means that modern people from this part of the world can feel connected to their distant roots despite the many changes brought about by politics. When our masters and our immediate futures can change like the wind, what remains are the symbols and stories of those who walked the ground before we did.
You can read more about the museum in Hyperallergic