Projects and activities on intangible heritage in which UNESCO is involved
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Support to the implementation of the 2003 Convention through the development and maintenance of an information management system and the production, translation and dissemination of training materials to Spanish-speaking countries10-2009/12-2010,
Action Plan for the Safeguarding and Revitalization of the Cultural Space of the Holy Spirit Brotherhood of the Villa Mella’s Congos01-2003/12-2009, Dominican Republic
Action Plan for the safeguarding of the traditional medicine Kallawaya03-2007/12-2009, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Safeguarding of the Sacred Songs of the Voodoo Cult of the lakou Dereal of the Community of Bizoton05-2008/12-2009, Haiti
Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Oruro Carnival04-2005/06-2009, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Strengthening the Transmission of the Traditional Textile Knowledge of Taquile12-2006/06-2009, Peru
Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance04-2006/06-2009, Belize - Guatemala - Honduras - Nicaragua
Action Plan for the Safeguarding of Rabinal Achi Dance Drama12-2006/05-2009, Guatemala
Action Plan for the Safeguarding of El Güegüense04-2007/03-2009, Nicaragua
Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Traditional Knowledge, Oral and Graphic Expressions of the Wajapi in Amapa07-2006/11-2008, Brazil
Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Carnival of Barranquilla01-2005/10-2008, Colombia
Action Plan for the Safeguarding of La Tumba Francesa06-2005/08-2008, Cuba
Action plan for safeguarding the Maroon Heritage of Moore Town08-2005/06-2008, Jamaica
Oxherding and Oxcart Traditions in Costa Rica10-2006/03-2008, Costa Rica
Language Documentation in Three Indigenous Communities in Brazil09-2007/12-2007, Brazil
- Ka’apor godfather dancing with child
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This three-part project was undertaken by the Emilio Gueldi Museum, Brazilian government, and Foundation for the Development of Amazonia to document the language and oral heritage of three indigenous communities:
- The Ka’apor baptism festival involves a full day of singing, myth telling, celebration and ritual. Linguists recorded digital video and audio of the festival, compiled the footage, and returned it to the community. An annotated DVD is being prepared to share the ceremony with non-Ka’apor.
- In the Guaporé Indigenous Area, a project linguist worked with the Djeoromitxi people and the Brazilian government to equip a new cultural center with a multimedia-ready computer. Following a series of language seminars for local teachers and computer training sessions for local students, five CDs of Djeoromitxi myths and stories were recorded and edited by the students and distributed in Djeoromitxi villages.
- As the third prong of this project, team members worked with the Paresi community to record some of their most sacred myths, recounted in their traditional settings, as well as the rituals surrounding the traditional game of head ball. These recordings, too, were annotated by and distributed among community members.
Each of these activities excited strong interest in further documentation and preservation among the participating communities.
Bi-national Action Plan for the Safeguarding and Revitalization of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of the Zápara Community12-2005/09-2007, Ecuador - Peru
Preservation of language and oral traditions in Maya, Yucatán2006/2007, Mexico
Learning from innovative language policies in Latin American countries2004/2006, Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Brazil - Colombia - Ecuador - Peru - Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Public awareness campaign in Colombia on the importance of safeguarding the intangible heritage (pilot project)07-2003/12-2005, Colombia
Basic vocabulary of indigenous languages in Brazil2002/2005, Brazil
Revitalisation of Traditional Masquerade Performing Arts and Costume Making05-2002/08-2004, Dominica - Saint Lucia - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Contribution to the publication of the 2004 issue of the directory Oralidad2004, Haiti