Artifacts promote Nepalese culture


Breanna Rexwinkle

The Nepalese Student Association at Southeastern shared its culture with the university through an artifact sale. The displayed artifacts were handmade in Nepal and imported.

Breanna Rexwinkle, Staff Reporter

The Nepalese Student Association at Southeastern sought to share its culture with the university.

To pull in students’ interests, NSA set up an artifacts display in the Student Union Breezeway on Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices ranged from $5 to $200 depending on the artifact.

NSA member Binisha Karki, a senior biological sciences major, shared the origin of the displayed artifacts.

“Everything we have here is handmade,” said Karki. “It is all made in Nepal with their own materials and imported here.”

NSA member Pawan Shrestha, a junior biological sciences major, discussed the value of the displayed artifacts in any culture.

“Not everything we have displayed has ‘cultural value,’ but the majority of what we have is made of Nepal-imported material,” said Shrestha. “For example, some things are strictly for meditation but can be used however someone wants.”

Karki explained the history and meaning of the displayed artifacts.

“The wood carvings represent religious history such as the god Nepalese people praise,” said Karki. “It all relates to each other, and the books that we have are made from the exact Nepal paper that would be used there.”

Shrestha discussed why NSA held the sale.

“We want to get the word out about our association,” said Shrestha. “It would be good to gain some popularity and even raise money for our association.”