Maintaining Cultural Identity Through Cultural Preservation at Heart Of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguarding
What is cultural identity? What is the importance of cultural heritage? In this in-depth interview, Cecile Duvelle explains the rationale behind UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage initiative,and how the U.N. agency approaches fostering cultural appreciation and cultural preservation and shares examples of the manifestation of cultural identity ranging from Vietnamese traditions like Ca trù to the cultural practices of the Sanké people of Mali in West Africa. Cecile shares the elements that create a sense of community--the very heart of cultural identity.