On these mountains there were the most important and bloody battles of the Great War. And so in 2008 the municipality of Forni Avoltri (Udine) decided to dedicate a permanent exhibition on the Great War in the Upper Val Degano and on the front formed by the surrounding peaks (the Navagiust mountains, Avanza, Chiadenis and the Volaia and Cacciatore passes). Within the exhibition, housed on the ground floor of the Ethnographic Museum “Cemout chi erin” (which in dialect means “as we were”), you can admire a long series of objects found and collected on these places by volunteers and donations made by population. The postcards are very interesting and photographs of the era that witness the lives of soldiers and the village of Forni Avoltri during the war period.
Also the reproduction of bunk beds in the gallery originally found on Navagiust in 2007 is very suggestive. In the same space, also the ethnographic exhibition “How were we” worth a visit. It testifies the desire to pass on to future generations little traces of history and the people who lived in this part of Carnia, majestically framed by the Carnic Alps. In 1992, around foam puppets dressed in typical local clothes and used during the Christmas period, the locals began collecting objects, furnishings and work equipment, recovered and donated by the Forni families and their villages, which they tell with sensibility and precision the everyday life, rites and traditions of the Fornites since the 1800s after the World Wars.
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