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they take, they are a part of our heritage, and require our active participation and support in order to safeguard it.

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If art is the signature of civilizations, then it stands to reason that our cultural heritage is the signature of who we are as an indigenous people. The customs we inherit from our sainas – our language, oral traditions, social practices, rituals, festive events, traditional knowledge, arts and crafts are the living signatures of our culture and uniqueness. These precious gifts represent where we have been, provide us with perspective on where we are today and, if properly embraced, can give us guidance on where we might go in the future.

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So why is Cultural Heritage so important? Because it is how we safeguard and share our cultural expressions and traditions that have been passed from one generation to another – it is our touchstone of how we have evolved in response to our changing environment and contributes to maintaining our sense of identity and continuity as an indigenous people.

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In 2003, the General Conference of UNESCO, convened in Paris, to address the issue of cultural heritage. The convention defined two categories of cultural heritage:

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Tangible cultural heritage is manifested by monuments, buildings or sites representing historical events, groups or individuals that helped shape a community.

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Intangible cultural heritage is transmitted from generation to generation and is constantly re-created by communities or groups…and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

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The convention emphasized the importance of safeguarding cultural heritage through identification, documentation, research, preservation, protection, promotion, enhancement and constant revitalization.

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Unfortunately, our own cultural heritage is at risk of being trivialized – as something meant to lure tourists to our shores rather than an essential element of our social cohesion and identity as an indigenous people of the Marianas. New advancements in 16 ! ・ 2nd Marianas History Conference 2013

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