On September 15, 2013, a flotilla of traditional Mesopotamian boats began a journey down the Tigris River on an historic voyage of celebration, education, and data collection. Over the course of 60 days and over 1200 kilometers flowing from southeastern Turkey to southern Iraq, the Tigris River Flotilla will celebrate the cultural heritage of Mesopotamia, bring environmental awareness to riverside communities, and study the river’s current hydrological condition.
Throughout the course of our journey, participants from Iraq, Turkey, Canada, and the United States of America will float down the river using modern and traditional boats. The traditional boats – a tarada, a guffa, and a kelek – were built by local communities in both Turkey and Iraq and are meant to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of these communities and unite their people through common tradecraft.
Join us on 28 September at Jadiriyah Lake in Baghdad at 10:00 to 14:00. The Flotilla will float into the city and dock at the same place, where we will display the traditional boats, show nature artwork and photographs, and give presentations highlighting the importance of the Tigris River.
10:00: Reception of guests, drinks and music
10:30: Flotilla Arrives!
10:30 to 11:00: Speeches by Dr. Azzam Alwash, Rashad Salim, and Jassim Dwaij about the Tigris River Flotilla project and the traditional boats
11:00 to 14:00: Display of traditional boats, presentation of nature photographs, enjoyment of music, and river cleanup.