Last five years
Community members are the Experts on their Intangible Cultural Heritage. The safeguarding methodology supports them in keeping heritage alive.
I have authored books, guidelines and manuals, inventories, plans of action and programs, course material, speeches, and articles on cultural heritage, based on community engagement through interviews, focus groups, capacity-building and planning, and validation meetings. Some of them also bring collective writings that communities and organizations in Africa and Latin America wanted to share. They result from contracts developed for international cultural organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Centre for the Safeguard of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Latin America (CRESPIAL), national organizations in Latin America and Africa, and private companies. Below, I present my production for the last five years.
ICH: CREATING A COMMUNITY-BASED INVENTORY
This material was elaborated to Heritage BC, which is a charitable society in British Columbia, Canada, dedicated to promoting and safeguarding heritage.
This is an online workbook dedicated to supporting communities to understand and conduct ICH inventorying processes according to their resources and contexts. The text is part of the Institutional Learning Centre Material focused on awareness of local communities' knowledge about Intangible Heritage in Canada.
MANUAL FOR CREATION OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE IN MANICA
This Manual presents the objective, methods, and stages of implementation of the decentralization and co-management of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Policy in Mozambique. It was elaborated to support the pilot project to be held in communities of the Manica Province, where it is expected the creation of the Local Intangible Cultural Heritage Management Committees and their operational and business plans.
From this experience, other community management committees of the PCI will be created across the country.
This document presents the pedagogical proposal for the project, the methodological indications for the development of the activities planned in the project, as well as the resources necessary for its realization. This formative proposal was conceived based on three principles: dialogue, learning by doing, and community empowerment. The guidelines are structured around three axes: contents, methodology, and necessary resources.
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INTANGIBLE HERITAGE TRAINING STRATEGY – INITIAL TRAINING
These are textbooks for the basic-level training on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Latin America. They were elaborated between 2017 and 2020 by a group of ICH specialists that I integrate. I also coordinated the writing process and organized the publication. There were produced four books, being three textbooks for students (on the themes: ICH key concepts, Public policies for ICH safeguard, and Community participation in ICH safeguard) and the fourth one of pedagogical orientation for instructors.
This work was contracted by the CRESPIAL - Centro de Referencia en la Salvaguarda del Património Cultural Inmaterial de America Latina (Centre for the Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguard of Latin America), Peru, in partnership with UNESCO Paris, and funded by the UNESCO ICH Fund.
COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION FOR ICH SAFEGUARDING
GUIDELINES FOR GOVERNMENTS
This guideline reflects the results of the First Workshop of Community Leaders to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Latin America, held in Cuzco, Peru, in 2018, during which leaders of Indigenous and Traditional groups defined the principles of participatory processes of ICH inventory and safeguard. This guide systematizes those principles and informs government officials, inviting them to re-think the role of the state in the community management of the ICH, the design and implementation of policies for the management of cultural heritage with community participation. Written and published in 2020, this guide is destined for the 15 Latin American countries associated with CRESPIAL - Centre for the Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguard of Latin America.
THINKING ABOUT ICH AND NATURAL DISASTER: PERSPECTIVES AND CHALLENGES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN REGION
The article was presented during the Workshop on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Natural Disasters held in Japan in December 2018. It was written as part of my contract with the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Latin America – CRESPIAL, and it results from the first effort to collect and systematize information regarding the relations between Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and natural disasters in Latin America and Caribbean region.
The International Research Centre organized the workshop for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (IRCI), co-funded by the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Fund.
The link for the article below.
REFERENCE DOCUMENT FOR COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES’ WORKSHOP
I prepared this technical reference document to support the First Workshop of Community Leaders to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Latin America. Co-facilitated by an Indigenous leader, a CRESPIAL representative, and by me, thirteen community leaders from different countries joined the six-day workshop held in August 2019 in Cuzco, Peru.
The workshop aimed to generate knowledge about the safeguarding of the ICH from the communities’ point of view. This document presents technical and methodological information on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and community participation, to foment discussions during the workshop. It also explains the pedagogic approach adopted for its development. After the workshop, those community leaders began to use this document within their communities to support discussions and learning on community-based Intangible Cultural Heritage safeguard. They created a permanent forum of discussion and mutual support that still holds.
CAPACITY-BUILDING CASE STUDIES ABOUT INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
UNESCO has developed a comprehensive set of capacity-building materials comprising more than 50 thematic training units. This contract aimed to elaborate 10 case studies regarding Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development to support the training units. These case studies were elaborated using secondary data about real success cases of Intangible Cultural Heritage safeguarding connected with sustainable development across Latin America and the Caribbean.
NATIONAL PLAN FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF "MARIACHI, STRING MUSIC, SINGING AND TRUMPET" – REVIEW, MEXICO
This document presents the revision of the National Plan for the Safeguarding of "Mariachi, String Music, Singing and Trumpet" – 2014-2018. The revision of the National Plan is born of the need expressed by the carrier community for the readjustment of some of the established actions. For this material, I conducted a field trip and a workshop with actors involved with the Intangible Cultural Heritage in different levels: participants of Mariachi groups, representatives of the academy, autonomous researchers, and representatives of public bodies.
MUNICIPAL GUIDE OF CULTURE, SPORT, LEISURE AND TOURISM - BRAZIL
Elaborated as Expressão Socioambiental, this is a Municipal Guide of Culture, Sport, Leisure and Tourism of 32 municipalities in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
This material was elaborated for the Renova Foundation as a measure of compensation for the impact of the Fundão dam rupture, considered the greatest environmental disaster in Brazil.
This guide aimed to present information on the areas of Culture, Sport, Leisure and Tourism to reenable the image of these municipalities as places of visitation, cultural and tourist offers.
CAPACITY-BUILDING PLAN FOR INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE SAFEGUARDING OF CRESPIAL PERU
This is the Capacity-Building Program for CRESPIAL (Regional Centre for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Latin America). The Plan aims to strengthen ICH safeguarding capacities for CRESPIAL’s States Parties (15 countries in Latin America). The Plan defines the institutional strategy to CRESPIAL to strengthen the knowledge about ICH and its safeguarding in the region. We organized a workshop with 10 experts from the region to discuss the priorities and most relevant subjects to elaborate on this document.
WORLD INDIGENOUS GAMES: CELEBRATING IS WHAT MATTERS!
The book is the synthesis publication of the World Indigenous Games. They took place in the city of Palmas, Tocantins State, Brazil, from October 22nd to the 31st, 2015. The First World Indigenous Games offered to the Indigenous Peoples and to the international community the opportunity to gather two thousand athletes representing 24 ethnicities from all over the world. For ten days, I worked with and talked to athletes and organizers, interviewing indigenous representatives and collecting data about the event to elaborate the basic text which was co-authored by Indigenous Leaders.
INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE INVENTORY AT RIBEIRA GRANDE DE SANTIAGO COMMUNITY CAPE VERDE
This publication is the result of the ICH inventory in Cape Verde in 2016, facilitated by me. The publication has texts written by members of the participant communities, the national government, and me.
In this work, ten government representatives, one local NGO member, and nine youth community representatives participate in the fieldwork to collect information about the cultural heritage at Ribeira Grande de Santiago, recorded audio and video to register these manifestations. The youth also produced a video.
Please find below a link for a documentary that was recorded in September and October 2015 in Ribeira Grande de Santiago (Cabo Verde), during the workshop on community-based inventorying, and in the community of Chinhambudzi (Manica, Mozambique), one year after the inventorying, both facilitated by me.
INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE INVENTORY AT CHINHAMBUDZI COMMUNITY, MOZAMBIQUE
The process of ICH inventory of cultural heritage at Chinhambudzi community, in Mozambique, in 2016 resulted in this publication, which was organized and edited by me, and includes texts from members of the participating communities, as well as members of the government of that country and by me. This process of inventory required me to work alongside the community and government representatives for ten days to perform the identification of manifestations through fieldwork data gathering, the systematization and validation of the information. The text production took almost a year, considering the elaboration and reviewing process between 18 community members, 23 government representatives and me.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE: A NECESSARY INTERCONNECTION
This article was elaborated for the Hereditas Magazine in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the World Heritage Directorate of the Government of Mexico. It is co-authored with Angela Lara and discusses how the Intangible Cultural Heritage safeguard contributes to Sustainable Development through the understanding of the interconnection between environment and culture in human societies.
INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE (ICH), NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND MUSEUMS: POSSIBILITIES AND CONTROVERSIES FOR SAFEGUARDING
The article was elaborated for the International Meeting about ICH and Education, which occurred in Cancun (Mexico), 15 - 17 August 2016. The central objectives of the meeting were to discuss better ways to address Intangible Heritage and implement the 2003 UNESCO Convention on ICH. It was also an opportunity to strengthen Mexico's cooperation ties with the world regarding Intangible Heritage. In this article, I discuss the role of new technologies in the educational processes for Intangible Cultural Heritage safeguarding.
INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE INVENTORY AT BOA MORTE COMMUNITY, SAN TOME AND PRINCE
This publication is the result of the process of ICH inventory in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2015. The inventory was developed at the Boa Morte community during 10 days fieldtrip and workshop, when 22 community members, 17 government staff and I interviewed and conducted meetings with ICH practitioners. During this process we registered in audio and video these manifestations and discussed challenges and safeguarding activities.
The publication has texts written by me, by Boa Morte community members, as well as by members of the government of São Tomé and Príncipe. I also worked as an organizer and reviewer.