One definition of preservation means to "keep alive." The desire to honor and share what we find meaningful seems to be hard-wired into our DNA. Neolithic man created cave art, alphabets began emerging around 2000 B.C. in Egypt, and the Djembe talking drums of Africa have been transmitting messages since 500 A.D. Today, Buddhists still chant centuries old-sutras, Scottish clans still convene for Highland games, many First Nation people hold potlatches on the occasion of major events, and coming-of-age celebrations are held the world-over. Globalization means we get to experience more of the cultural traditions that others hold dear--and, paradoxically, it also means that cultural heritage can become diluted. As well, unfortunately, we humans are not yet so evolved that war and oppression have become obsolete; when cultures have been compromised, preservation is urgent. Read on to meet people who are engaged in the calling of cultural preservation in the realms of tangible culture (such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art, and artifacts), intangible culture (such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge), and natural heritage (including culturally significant landscapes, and biodiversity).
Are you a nature lover? Then you'll find a kindred spirit in Bonnie Gisel, curator of the LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park, author, and John Muir scholar. In this thoughtful Q & A, Bonnie explores the sense of awe and inter-connectedness that Nature inspires, the Divine Order of life, and the importance of having meaningful relationships.
Come on a journey on Shenandoah Skyline Drive, a breath-taking 105-mile road through Shenandoah National Park that traverses the peaks and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This road trip is full of scenic overlooks, encounters with nature and the opportunity to reflect on the personal ties we forge with a given landscape. Meet local Claire Comer, a ranger with Shenandoah National Park, who shares her family's historic connection to
Pointe-a Pierre, Trinidad is a Wildfowl Trust and an NGO dedicated to environmental education and the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl. Meet Trinis Molly R. Gaskin, President of the Trust, who shares her observations on Amerindian beliefs and
Brendan Dunford is the co-founder of the Burrenbeo Trust, a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them, and based in the Burren in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. If you've not heard of the Burren, its one of the most intriguing, mystical and inspiring places on the planet, and Brendan offers his take on the why and how of that in this Q & A with BCD. Burrenbeo engages with local and visiting communities, old and young, to generate a sense of informed pride in their heritage and landscape. The Trust develops and share knowledge of best practice in active community stewardship, place-based and community-based learning.
Thinking of traveling to Belize? The Cayo District in the western part of the country borders Guatemala and was once the heart of the Belizean Maya world and is still rich with pre-Columbian archaeological sites. Cayo encompassses two thousand square miles of jungle and is one of the most vivid environments on the planet. It is hard to imagine anyone who has a better grasp on the attitude that is needed to adapt to and be in harmony with this kind of full-on, in-your-face life force than Lucy Fleming, one of the world’s eco tourism pioneers, who settled in Belize in 1977 and, with her husband Mick, founded Chaa Creek Lodge, today one of the best-known sustainable tourism enterprises on the planet. In this riveting interview, Lucy reveals the Belize she has called home for more than forty years, and shares some powerful personal experiences she's had that are sure to inspire you. . Buckle your seat belt and get ready for an adventure!
The Arizona petroglyphs in the Verde Valley of central Arizona, are some of the best-preserved. The rock art was created by the Sinagua people between the 12th -14th centuries, and for me is a catalyst for connecting with their ancient culture
In this lively Q&A, let Irish archaeologist Isabel Bennett introduce you to the rich culture and heritage of Dingle Peninsula. She is the museum curator of the West Kerry Museum, housed in an old schoolhouse in the village Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, built in 1875. Enjoy Isabel’s virtual tour of her favorite historic sites along the spectacular drives on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Slea Head Route. BCD's insightful reporting gives you the lay of the cultural landscape in a way no other site does.
Can some of the world's toughest people also be the best story-tellers? In a revealing Q&A, meet Icelandic archaeologist Margret Hallmundsdottir, who gives us a window into Iceland as a country, and into our shared human condition--that we are all shaped by our cultural landscapes. Margret offers insight into the character of Icelanders, and history lessons on Iceland's epic sagas that depict historical events from the Viking Age; Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site where the country's forms of government and religion evolved; a day in the life of an archaeologist.
Get a virtual tour of Estonia’s Muhu Island with local Katrin Turr. Take a ferry ride across Suur Strait & be transported to thatched roofs, Neo-Gothic manors & Medieval churches. Experience of the legacy of Russian influence: the motivation of medals, Orthodoxy Christianity, young communist league & missile silos. Koguva’s ethnographic museum highlights daily life in the 19th century: farmhouse, costumes & writer Juhan Smuul.
Meet His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, Chief of Scotland’s Clan Campbell, in this behind-the-scenes glimpse of Inveraray Castle and a look at one of the largest clans of Scotland today.
Travel along with BCD to the Maltese island of Gozo that is home to the neolithic Ggantija temple, which predates the Egyptian pyramids by almost 1,000 years! Be transported to another time in Gozo's Cittadella, which was originally a Roman acropolis converted into a castle during Medieval times. If you dig archaeology and built heritage, BCD's insightful reporting gives you the lay of the cultural landscape in a way no other site does.
Do you feel there is something special & different about island life? Then you'll connect with this powerful Q & A with Estonian anthropologist who shares the unique culture, heritage and ancient practices of remote Kihnu Island, as well as reflecting on our shared human need for balance. Kihnu's cultural traditions are inscribed on UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity--read to find out why!
Meet Jacob Gelt-Dekker of the Kura Hulanda Museum Curacao. A Dutch philanthropist, and behind the restoration of Curacao's historic Otrobanda neighborhood. Immerse yourself in Curacao's heritage and learn how Jacob gathered his world-class chronicle of the slave trade within ten collections.
Discover the Kogi people of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, who consider themselves world's "Elder Brothers"; their rituals & lifestyle are based on keeping the world harmonious and in balance. BCD offers you the up-close and personal experience of seeing Colombia through the eyes of its locals.
Explore Bogota's La Candelaria neighborhood, both traditional and hip! Meet locals who share their impressions & memories of living in such an alluring place, full of contrasts. Let BCD offer you a unique encounter with Colombia's cultural and heritage before you travel!