Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The three practices

Cultural heritage management today practices three kinds of sustainability interventions: (1) proclamations, from institutions with high cultural authority, that certain traditions or tradition-bearers (i.e., people who are outstanding traditional singers, musicians, craftspersons, etc.) are "masterpieces" (the UNESCO term) of exceptional quality, deserving safeguarding; (2) construction of heritage spaces, such as festivals, interpretive centers, heritage trails, museums (particularly living history museums) and the like, where heritage is performed and interpreted for an audience, usually tourists; and (3) collaborations between culture workers and community members, particularly community scholars and tradition-bearers, with the goal of preserving, maintaining, and promoting heritage within those communities which possess it.

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