Unesco proclaims new intangible masterpieces
Unesco has published a list of 28 masterpieces in the area of
oral and intangible culture. According to Unesco, these are extraordinary
examples of this specific type of heritage.
The term 'intangible heritage' is not as vague as some believe.
Examples include languages and singing. The 18-member jury has placed
the oral and graphic expressions of the Wajapi in Brazil on the
list, along with the oral tradition of the Aka pygmies of Central
These heritage masterpieces also include music and dance. The other
masterpieces proclaimed by the jury included the tradition of Vedic
chanting in India and the traditional music of the Morin Khuur,
a nomadic people in Mongolia.
Finger drawer in
Intangible culture also includes rituals and mythology, such as
the finger-sand drawings in Vanuatu. Or knowledge of nature and
the universe, such as the Cosmovision of the Kallaway culture in
And of course there are the traditional crafts, represented on
the UNESCO list by the Woodcrafting Tradition of the Zafimnairy
Kihnu and Manij are two small islands off the coast of Estonia
that have been able to continue a variety of special traditions
thanks to their isolated location. According to the experts, these
islands are extraordinary examples of 'cultural spaces', another
type of intangible heritage.
This list supplements the list of nineteen masterpieces as proclaimed
in 2001. The objective of the selection is to make people aware
of this type of heritage, and to convince governments to take protective