Endangered Cultural Heritage Mapping

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file icon Endangered Cultural Heritage Mapping in kiribati - The Nnabakana (stone warriors) hot! 09/17/2013 Hits: 420

The Endangered Cultural Heritage Mapping Project was carried out by the Department of Culture and Museum (DCMK) of the Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs of Kiribati through a Secretariat of the Pacific Community–managed and European Union–funded project entitled ‘Structuring the Cultural Sector in the Pacific for Improved Human Development’. The decision to map the Nnabakana cultural and historic site was endorsed during the Endangered Cultural Heritage Mapping Workshop held in Sigatoka, Fiji in May 2011, in which the acting director of DCMK took an active part.

The cultural site known to the locals as the Nnabakana (stone warriors) was identified by DCMK for its uniqueness and historical value. It is related to the story of two warriors known as Kaitu and Uakeia who conquered many islands in Kiribati. According to Mr Tatau Takaria (one of the project’s knowledgeable informants and the oldest member of the family that owns Teabuaeroa islet), Kaitu and Uakeia arrived on Tabiteuea 12–15 generations ago. Only three islands in the southern group (Arorae, Tamana and Onotoa) and two in the northern group (Makin and Butaritari) were not part of the Kaitu and Uakeia conquests
file icon Pacific Intangible Cultural Heritage Mapping Toolkit hot! 04/27/2012 Hits: 2585

The Pacific Intangible Cultural Heritage Mapping Toolkit was developed by Sipiriano Nemani, Policy and Planning Analyst at the Department of National Heritage, Culture and Arts in Suva, Fiji, and commissioned by the Human Development Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

This toolkit is written from the perspective of a government cultural agency that is the initiator of a cultural mapping project. However, this does not stop communities from using the mechanisms outlined in this toolkit, adapting them to their own situation, and initiating the project themselves should they have the available resources to facilitate data collection. Doing so would provide a sense of ownership of the initiative, boost the morale of local people in safeguarding their initiative and, in the Pacific way, revitalise and promote the transmission of cultural information.

file icon Vade-mecum de la cartographie du patrimoine culturel immatériel océanien hot! 09/28/2012 Hits: 829