UN agency adds cultural treasures to ‘intangibles’ list

 

Retlaw Snellac, Creative Commonsby Anne Tempelman-Kluit,

Worldwide, unique cultural traditions are slowly disappearing under the pressure of a more globalized and modern world. As the older generation passes away their knowledge and skills often die with them, their only trace left in anthologies and history books.

In an effort to preserve this intangible cultural heritage, UNESCO added 29  elements to its “List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” helping to highlight global diversity and raise awareness of its importance.

Some of these cultural treasures include, RIGHT, silk headscarves, woven by women in time-honored floral designs, which are a hallmark of the Azerbaijan culture; BELOW LEFT, Bulgarian Chiprovski kilimi carpets; BELOW RIGHT, Armenian Lavash bread; BOTTOM LEFT, Capoeira, from Timor-Leste,  a martial art uniting fight and dance and promoting respect and social cohesion, and, BOTTOM RIGHT, the Yampara culture of Bolivia, featuring Pujillay and Ayarichi music and dance.

According to UNESCO, the importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but “rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next.”

TOP LEFT, Photo by Maison Kordopoulov via Flickr, Creative Commons; TOP RIGHT, Wikipedia, Creative Commons; ABOVE LEFT, United Nations, by Martine Perret; ABOVE RIGHT, Photo © Voces Bolivianas

 

 

Photos by, or from, Martine Perret, for the United Nations, above left; © Voces Bolivianas, above right; Maison Kordopoulov via Flickr, Creative Commons, top left, and Wikipedia, Creative Commons, top right.

Photos by, or from, Martine Perret, for the United Nations, above left; © Voces Bolivianas, above right; Maison Kordopoulov via Flickr, Creative Commons, top left, and Wikipedia, Creative Commons, top right.

— Text by Anne Tempelman-Kluit, produced by Michael Sasges

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Further reading and viewing:

UNESCO’s photo gallery of Intangible Cultural Heritage 
UNESCO press release on its 9th Session of Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee in November.