During the past decades local traditions have been under threat because of the view that hegemonic culture has on cultural diversity as an obstacle to development and civilization. This has implied a long process of deculturization in many regions, especially among indigenous, afrodescendent and rural communities. Nevertheless, the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (UNESCO 2003/ Law 1036, 2006), have made the rescuing of intangible cultural expressions a priority in Colombia.
Very few people are aware of the existence of a political policy that protects the local knowledge and the unique forms of life, and that looks for the strengthening of social actors for the proper management of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), for its protection and promotion, as a condition for development and collective well-being. Provinces and municipalities do not know how to proceed to the safeguarding of such knowledge, how to register them and protect the traditions of their region and guarantee the proper implementation of this public policy.
Our ample experience in participative research, local research and documentation of traditional knowledge, in addition to the generation of multi-stakeholder dialogue among local actors, the academy and governmental and non governmental institutions, makes our organization the ideal partner for the Ministry of Culture in the nation-wide process for the recovery of intangible cultural heritage of rural, campesino and indigenous communities.
In the frame of a recent agreement with the Ministry of Culture, TBI Colombia is developing tools for the dissemination of this policy directed to the protection of local knowledge and forms of life. Furthermore it intends to promote the documentation of cultural heritage and to facilitate its local and institutional management. During this process, the cultural diversity and the multiple forms of life of many provinces of the country are expected to arise. The importance of the intangible cultural heritage is not itself a cultural manifestation but a complex set of knowledge and techniques that are transmitted from generation to generation. From this standpoint, the recovery process is expected to have an impact on local governance and future peace scenarios.
This agreement consists of three individual projects:
For more information visit the project website