Motol is an unusual place in Belarus. First, despite the fact that officially Motol is a village, it has more than four thousand inhabitants. Secondly, Motol is considered the heart of West Polissya. And thirdly, the inhabitants of the Motol are the ancestors of the Poleshuk – the ethnic group of the Belarusians. The Mole differs from the rest of Belarus even with its unusual dialect. At first glance, it is closer to the Ukrainian than to the Belarusian language. Here’s how the sayings sounded, which can still be heard here:
“Man build a house, a child is not growth, but female children will grow up, but can’t build a house”
“Аs poor marry, so the night is short”
“Give, my God, with one piece of choke on”
Motolsky Museum for more than thirty years. The first museum here was opened in 1983 as a joint initiative of the Ministry of Culture of the BSSR and the local collective farm “40 years of October”. At the same time, the first exhibits began to be received in the museum’s funds – mostly household items of the early twentieth century from school district museums. However, visitors could get acquainted with the exposition of the museum only in twelve years, when the building was completed and the expositions were finally formed, in 1995, already in independent Belarus. The museum was opened in a slightly different format than it was originally intended: instead of the museum of local lore, it was decided to create a museum of folk art. To preserve the descendants of the unusual culture of Western Polesye. Today, eight halls of the Motol Museum of Folk Art tell about the peculiarities of this amazing place. Here you can see collections of archeology, ceramics, weaving, embroidery, icon painting and painting, dishes and furniture. Motors have long been famous for their masters. Local weavers, tailors, wood carvers were known far beyond their native village. In the museum you can learn about the history of the place: the workers created the diorama of the ancient Motol and recreated the authentic interior of the Polesie hut. And the smallest visitors of the museum can hear old tales, nursery rhymes, lullabies, play old games and drink fragrant tea. The Motol Museum has several branches . The Museum of Archeology “Оur roots”. tells about the history of Polesie from primitive times to the period of Ancient Rus. In the museum you can see maps-schemes of borders of archaeological cultures, images or models of dwellings of people of different periods, archaeological materials found during archaeological excavations. Specially for the museum, models of the first vertical weaving loom, bow and arrow, drilling machine and ceramic ware were created.