Community, connection and conservation: Intangible cultural values in natural heritage - the case of Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage area

Kato, K. (2006) Community, connection and conservation: Intangible cultural values in natural heritage - the case of Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage area. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 12 5: 458-473. doi:10.1080/13527250600821670


Author Kato, K.
Title Community, connection and conservation: Intangible cultural values in natural heritage - the case of Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage area
Journal name International Journal of Heritage Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1352-7258
Publication date 2006-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13527250600821670
Volume 12
Issue 5
Start page 458
End page 473
Total pages 16
Editor P. Howard
Place of publication Abingdon, UK
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
420300 Cultural Studies
750800 Heritage
Abstract Intangible cultural heritage, according to a UNESCO definition, is 'the practices, representations, expressions as well as the knowledge and skills that communities, groups and in some cases individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage'. Using a case study of Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area, this paper illustrates how the local community's conservation commitment was formed through their long-term everyday interactions with nature. Such connectivity is vital to maintaining the authentic integrity of a place that does not exclude humans. An examination of the formation of the community's conservation commitment for Shirakami reveals that it is the community's spiritual connection and place-based identity that have supported conservation, leading to the World Heritage nomination, and it is argued that the recognition of such intangible cultural heritage is vital in conservation. The challenge, then, is how to communicate such spiritual heritage today. Forms of community involvement are discussed in an attempt to answer this question.
Keyword Commitment
Community
Conservation
Intangible cultural heritage
Spiritual connection
Q-Index Code C1

 
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