The Broydrick Way
- Navigate the U.S. Statutory & Regulatory Environment
- Coordinate Key Meetings with U.S. Government Officials
- Develop Key Messaging
With today’s advanced technology, our world is getting smaller and smaller. At Broydrick & Associates, we believe our principles of diligence and discipline apply not only here in the United States, but also across the globe. We have represented foreign governments, companies and trade associations both on Capitol Hill and within the US business community. On a daily basis, our associates are advocating on behalf of our clients—both nationally and internationally. Listed below is a sampling of our endeavors past and present.
Milwaukee Center for International Health
Der Norske Veritas (DNV)
Buffalo City Municipality
Milwaukee Center for International Health
Menominee Indian Nation’s Cultural Exchange with Kurdistan, Iraq
This past June, Cynthia Broydrick facilitated a cultural exchange with the Kurdistan Regional Government between the Menominee Indian Nation and Sulaimaniya, Iraq.
Pictured is a cultural presentation by the Menominee Indian Nation’s fancy dancer, Marla. She is shown performing the Shawl Fancy Dance.
Look for more pictures to come featuring Cynthia Broydrick and other members of the delegation, as we continue to share the story of this unique cultural exchange.
The antiquities of Iraq are surveyed by Kathryn Cameron Porter
The people of Kurdistan possess a wealth that cannot be measured in monetary or political currency. They have archaeological and anthropological treasure that provides a window from the past into a secure future. A walk across today’s ancient landscape traces the footsteps of the earliest humans, and through time and travail, leads us to the bright tomorrow of a modern society benefiting all of its citizens.
Today’s Kurdistan lies atop layers of history, spanning many millennia and civilizations. If recognized, archaeologically authenticated, and protected, the many significant sites within the region will deepen pride in place, as well as international prestige. Transcending local politics and geopolitics, Kurdistan’s treasures belong to all of humankind; they must be preserved and protected for future generations.
In 1970, Saddam’s regime conducted an archaeological survey of Iraq, which identified more than 7,000 sites, almost half of which are in the Kurdistan Region. Most of these sites have been preserved by nature itself, and provide an amazing cultural opportunity to the people of Kurdistan. Kurdistan’s treasures of antiquity span from prehistoric cave paintings and the first evidence of agriculture, to religious sacred sites. They include ancient churches, Roman temples, and shrines of ancient religions, among thousands of significant sites. Ancient edifices and artifacts reveal peace agreements, the domestication of animals, record keeping and urbanization between 12,000 and 8,000 years ago.
The capital city Hawler, or Erbil, is widely believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited metropolis in the world. Jarmo, situated in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains, has offered a rare glimpse of how some of the first farmers lived, enabling archaeologists to discover the origins of food production. Robert Braidwood of the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute excavated the site of Jarmo on the Chamchamal plain, with his wife, Linda, during the late 1940s and early 1950s. They found evidence of a well-established, thriving village community. They have left us the story of the world’s first agriculturalists. Shards of pottery, goddess figures and sickle blades used for reaping can be found today lying open across the magnificent landscape. Walking along a ridge with a rushing stream below, it is easy to imagine the ways of those who once lived and thrived on this fertile land, their ancient lifestyles mirrored in the lives of today’s farmers.
The past is almost palpable, as Karim Aga Khan points to ‘castles’ in the distance situated at the confluences of rivers and streams. These are the remains of old citadels covered by time and etched by the hooves of today’s grazing animals. Directly north of Chamchamal is one of the oldest sites known of humankind’s existence. Shanidar Cave is actually amid a complex of caves across Kurdistan showing evidence of the first migrations of humankind.
It links directly to a recently excavated early-man site in Armenia that displays the first known human artwork –carved mammoth tusks and the bones of giant cave bears – once worshipped by early peoples. Shanidar Cave has never been excavated to virgin soil because of lack of resources. It would be wonderful to be with the Kurdish archaeologist who fills this gap in our knowledge. One day, perhaps, tour directors will conduct the ultimate walking tour from one cave to the other, stopping at myriad sites along the way.
The oldest continuously inhabited city in the world would make a perfect backdrop for a renaissance in knowledge of Kurdistan’s treasures. There are lessons here for all of us.
Kathryn Cameron Porter, founder and President of Leadership Council for Human Rights, has spent her career working on critical human rights issues, specifically ones dealing with the Kurds and with women.
This article came from http://www.krg.org/uploads/documents/Invest_in_the_Future_2008.pdf