Photos: Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum

Arts & Culture Nikki Tundel · ·

1 Osman Ali, head of the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum, works with Outreach Director Sarah Larsson on Oct. 11, 2013, to catalog and organize items for the new museum in Minneapolis. 
2 The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum showcases artifacts from Somalia's nomadic communities. 
3 The museum displays the jewelry of Somali nomads. 
4 Somali nomads made writing tablets from the wood of trees. Ink was a mixture of milk, charcoal and tree gum. 
5 Animal skins were used to make a wide variety of milk containers and food vessels. 
6 Wooden bells were tied around camels' necks to help their owners locate them. 
7 Osman Ali is the founder of the new Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum in Minneapolis. 
8 The majority of containers were made of animal hides. Most of them were used for carrying water and milk. 
9 The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum contains everything from toys and artwork to rugs and shoes. 
10 One goal of the museum is to give Somali-Americans a close-up look at the art and culture of their ancestors. 
11 Museum founder Osman Ali traveled throughout Somalia, gathering everything from clothing to jewelry. 
12 Traditional tea sets were made entirely of wood. 
13 Nomadic communities used a variety of animal hides to craft musical instruments. 
14 Osman Ali, left, discusses the layout of the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum on Oct. 11, 2013. The Minneapolis museum opens on Oct. 19.