Intangible cultural heritage and living human treasures

Convention for the Safe-conduct of the Intangible cultural heritage, of UNESCO

Philippine Gabbang
“Living human treasure” teaching the gabbang (species of Philippine xylophone)”

Next April 20, 2006 the Convention will come into force for the Safe-conduct of the Intangible cultural heritage, of the UNESCO, ratified till now by forty five States.

According to his articulated one: there are understood by intangible cultural heritage the uses, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills - together with the instruments, objects, gadgetry and cultural spaces that they are inherent - that the communities, the groups and in some cases the individuals recognize as an integral part of his cultural heritage.

This intangible cultural heritage, which is transmitted from generation to generation, is recreated constantly by the communities and groups according to his environment, his interaction with the nature and his history, infundiéndoles a feeling of identity and continuity and helping to promote this way the respect of the cultural diversity and the human creativity.

Dervish sufí
Dancer dervish of Turkey

To be more concrete, they have intangible cultural heritage character:

a) traditions and oral expressions, including the language as vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage
b) arts of the spectacle
c) social, ritual uses and festive acts
d) knowledge and uses related to the nature and the universe
e) traditional handmade skills.

Isla Taquile
Textile art in the island Taquile (Peru)

Examples of intangible cultural heritage are the textile craft of the island Taquile (Peru), the area of Wooden palisade of San Basilio (Colombia) and the dances of the Turkish dervishes. They can see the finished relation in this web.

One of the most curious concepts that I have found as regards all this is that of the living human treasures. The UNESCO names this way the individuals who possess in supreme grade the skills and necessary skills to produce certain elements of the cultural life of a people and to support the existence of his intangible cultural heritage.

Do you dominate a craft in extinction? Does he know old stories or legends that nobody more knows? Is it capable of touching an ancient musical instrument that very few other persons can interpret? If it is like that, you can be a “living human treasure”.

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On Monday, the 3rd April, 2006

9 comments to “Intangible cultural heritage and living human treasures”

  1. noemi on On Monday, the 3rd April, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    Very interesting.

    Certainly, you helped today to me to confirm that I am not a living human treasure, perhaps when I die …. :)


    A kiss, sorcerer.

  2. Elpidia on Tuesday, the 4th April, 2006 at 1:50 am

    The agreements of this Convention are crucial, but from the saying to the fact … The ideal thing would be that every country was adapting his legislation in the matter so that he agrees with the convention. Mexico has signed a heap of Conventions of human rights and of the OIT between others, but as it does not modify his laws, the agreements are a dead letter. Anyhow it is mandatorio that what the Convention agreed is carried out, especially in countries like mine, where a big part of the population is indigenous and where the cultural wealth of our peoples is dying.


  3. the sorcerer don carlos on On Tuesday, the 4th April, 2006 at 7:55 am

    All my readership is treasures :)

  4. Aura on On Tuesday, the 4th April, 2006 at 8:35 am

    When I gave the subjects of Patrimony and Museology, (already some years ago, certainly) all these concepts were already insinuated.
    It is necessary to support the living culture.

  5. chocoadicta on On Tuesday, the 4th April, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    Interesting what! there seems brilliant to me everything what promotes the conservation of this living culture but to a step of the negligence or of the disappearance … of step to we always allow to know the culture of other places of the world.

  6. Ignacio on On Tuesday, the 4th April, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    Intangible cultural heritage:
    Peregrination to Santiago.

  7. Francisco Polo on On Wednesday, the 5th April, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    As possible future representative of the Spanish thing and seeing that you have quoted only examples of Peru, Colombia and Turkey I am useful, if you allow it to me, to remember that The Patum of Berga (Catalonia) was recognized only a few months ago as Intangible cultural heritage. If I am not wrong it is the first one, and at the moment the only, Spanish tradition that gathers the list of the UNESCO. Let's hope that the above mentioned list should grow enormously.

  8. Juan Merino on On Thursday, the 20th April, 2006 at 4:49 am

    Me one to the feeling of defense and safe-conduct of the immaterial patrimony. The happiness only appears revitalizing the spirituality of our ancestors and recovering for our memory the knowledges that were the daily science of the past.

  9. carlos hugo fernandez martinez on On Sunday, the 19th April, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I was declared number 197 a living cultural heritage in caracas venezuela on November 3, 2005 in official gazette of metropolitan dtto of caracas I decree number 520.

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