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Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage

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[At the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, dancers demonstrate the 'ai ha'a or low bombastic style of hula - Jay Robinson]


- Overview

Cultural heritage is a fairly broad term that can apply to both the tangible - the physical places and objects we can touch - and the intangible - the stories, songs and celebrations we experience in the moment. 

Tangible cultural heritage refers to physical cultural relics that are produced, maintained and transmitted across generations in a society. It includes artistic creations, architectural heritage (such as buildings and monuments), and other tangible or tangible products of human creativity that have cultural significance in society. 

Intangible cultural heritage means communities, groups, and in some cases individuals that recognize as their cultural heritage'. Examples of intangible heritage are oral traditions, performing arts, local knowledge and traditional skills.  

Tangible and intangible heritage require different methods of preservation and protection, which was one of the main motivations for the conception and ratification of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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