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intangibles: Chengdu 2013

“…acknowledge the central role that knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe play in maintaining sustainable ecosystems and biodiversity and in helping communities to ensure food security and health; and encourage establishing sound and effective safeguarding mechanisms […] addressing appropriately the relationship between transmission and innovation and between safeguarding and commercial use.”

via Meeting review: Chengdu International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage | Traditional Knowledge Bulletin.

‘pastures of heaven’: the fate of the Altai

On a warm summer’s day twenty-four centuries ago, a noblewoman of the

Altai "Princess of Ukok" tattoo design
Altai “Princess of Ukok” tattoo design

nomadic Pazyryk tribe was buried in a large ancient burial tomb, or kurgan, on the Ukok Plateau — now a region of the Russian Altai that borders China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Mummified with herbs, bark and marten fur, she was placed in an oversized sarcophagus hewn from a single larch log. [….]

Altai people feel that to restore the order of things, the Princess Kadyn must be returned to her rightful place on the Ukok Plateau…. [A] UNESCO-Ghent team quickly sketched out what they fear is in store for the Altai’s frozen tombs.

via Maria and the Ukok Princess: Climate change and the fate of the Altai – OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0.