COB ADDER — First constructed more than 5,000 years ago in the marshes of what is now southern Iraq, the mudhif is a unique local meeting place assembled entirely of reeds, straw and other natural materials.
In a project designed to honor the customs and traditions of the region, members of Human Terrain Team 8 recently served as advisors on the construction of a mudhif here, at the 4th Brigade's Regional Center of Excellence for Civil Capacity.
The HTT has worked in the Southern Iraqi provinces of Maysan, Dhi Qar and Muthanna for the last two years. They work to gain an understanding of the local culture and share that knowledge with the Soldiers operating in the region.
As part of their work, they regularly take part in engagements with local leaders and conduct field research among the Iraqis who live along the many canals in the region and in the Hawizah Marsh.
Task Force Pathfinder will use the mudhif they helped construct to conduct meetings with local leaders in a comfortable, traditional background.
The Pathfinder Mudhif is being built by a crew of local craftsmen entirely from materials harvested from the local marshes.
The lead builder of the mudhif is a man with skin darkened by years of exposure to the elements. Although unwilling to give his name, he commented, "I have built nearly 100 mudhif structures in my lifetime."...