Sultan Somjee with a Pokot elder, holding a peace staff and
leaves of the peace tree.
Sultan Somjee is an author, curator and ethnographer who has published four books including ‘Home Between Crossings’ (2016), ‘Bead Bai’ (2013) and ‘Material Culture of Kenya’ (1994). For over three decades, Sultan worked on indigenous knowledge for education. Later, in the 1990s, when conflicts plagued eastern Africa, he looked towards indigenous traditions of conflict resolution. This led him to build village museums of peace as grassroots civil societies providing spaces for dialogue through performances and displays of indigenous heritages of peace. Today, there are sixteen community based Museums of Peace in Kenya managed by curators trained by Sultan. His lifetime work in Kenya has been the subject of doctoral researches here at UBC and elsewhere. In 2001, the United Nations named him one among the twelve global ‘Unsung Heroes of Dialogue Among Civilizations’, and in 2002, he was appointed as a member to the Global Advisory Board of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.
At the July 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sultan Somjee will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.