Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Welcome to our first set of posts focusing on cultural heritage

To celebrate the Christmas festivities we are preparing a set of post regarding our traditional culture and its links with what is going to be an exciting blog full of socio/legal news regarding indigenous peoples.

For a start, you may think that Christmas has nothing to do with Indigenous Peoples – Christianity was not known until the Colonization, and you are correct. However there are many traditional issues that are celebrated this time of year which are part of our cultural heritage. In this line, UNESCO’s refers to Intangible Cultural Heritage as to be “practices and expressions transmitted from generation to generation such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or traditional craftsmanship." Therefore, we have seen the recognition of food, songs, dances and the like as being part of the cultural heritage of Humanity.

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