The Punan Batu live a nomadic life, moving between rock shelters and forest camps. Pradiptajati Kusuma/The Conversation Indonesia.
The Punan Batu is one of the most active nomadic hunter-gatherer groups still existing in the world. They have unique characteristics that are different from other groups in Borneo.
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For Australia’s saltwater people, the migration routes of humpback whales represents an important songline
Traditional earthen building cultures are often wrongly described as ‘primitive’ and blamed for their own destruction.
Visitors walk by the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum.
From ill-thought renovation schemes to the latest row over the repatriation of the Parthenon marbles, this is not the first time the British Museum reckons with a custodianship crisis.
For this podcast we caught up with Western Australian Premier Roger Cook, and canvassed issues like the cultural heritage law backdown, and the Voice.
A 6 meter tall Ned Kelly stands on the main street of Glenrowan, Victoria.
The Victorian Supreme Court has determined the descendants of Ned Kelly’s family are not a distinctive cultural group with the right to protections of their ‘intangible cultural heritage’.
Ilmārs Znotiņš and The Latvian Centre of National Culture
This year, 32 years after Latvia’s independence, the festival boasted over 40,000 participants including almost 3,000 from Latvia’s diaspora.
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The Darwin woodland is home to endangered species and important for the Larrakia people. The development approval requires habitat offsets – yet the minister herself has publicly doubted offsets work.
Families playing the Đông Sơn drum during Re:tuning, a 2022 performance event at the Sydney Opera House, James Nguyen and Victoria Pham.
Katje Ford/Sydney Opera House
Hụi is a constant, seemingly invisible feature of diasporic life for many Vietnamese-Australians. We’re using it to buy back our cultural heritage.
When a community is involved in how their spaces are developed, these can foster a sense of belonging and make diverse societies more cohesive.
Looking toward Tigris.
In a survey of 1,600 people from across Mosul, we asked what they thought of the millions of dollars being spent to reconstruct the heritage sites of the city.
Digital 3D image of Shahjahanabad, which was once the capital of the Mughal empire.
Vaibhav Rajan/University of Twente
Once the capital of the Mughal empire, Old Delhi is now under threat. Geo-information technology can reveal its previous form, function, and context, however, and so help preserve and bring it back to life.
This is a digitally generated image of what a city might look like after a war.
Urban spaces are a repository of people’s beliefs, memories and collective conscience.
Street market and the Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali, which was designated a world heritage site by Unesco in 1988. During the pandemic, the town was hard hit by illegal excavations and looting.
The Covid-19 pandemic will long be remembered for the lockdowns it imposed and the millions of lives it stole. A recent Unesco report reveals that it has also took a large toll on world heritage sites.
Smithfield meat market.
When buildings with difficult pasts are repurposed, the process often involves navigating between omission and selective remembrance.
A family of African elephants walk through the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
Political and social instability in the country, as seen in frequent mass protests and xenophobia, threaten the flow of African tourists.
Switzerland’s Great Aletsch Glacier is 23km long and located in the World Heritage site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. It leads the list of glaciers in the European Alps in terms of length and size, yet since the mid-19th century, it has lost more than 25% of its volume.
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Rising temperatures and extreme weather pose an existential threat to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, but widespread discussion is needed for meaningful change.
The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct development won the Greenway Award for Heritage.
Our urban heritage should be allowed to evolve and adapt to the values and needs of today. It’s the best way to avoid neglect and decay, while enabling this heritage to help make cities sustainable.
Tigray’s al-Nejashi Mosque, one of Africa’s oldest Islamic sites, was damaged in December 2020.
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Many of the artefacts Ethiopia is famous for are found in Tigray. Their continued destruction could lead to irreversible culture shock and social collapse.
In 2019, Chagossian sega was listed as world heritage by Unesco.
University of Edinburgh
When the British government expelled Chagos Islanders from their homeland, it put a unique culture at risk of erasure.