What is cultural heritage? 

Cultural heritage is a broad concept that encompasses the various ways in which we express our experiences as humans in this world. Cultural heritage can be both tangible and intangible, and can include archeological sites, historical monuments, customs and social practices, sculptures, language, mosaics, drawings, photographs, books, musical instruments, music, dance, stories, films, national parks, etc.

Learn more about cultural heritage here. 

[UNESCO: the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization]

Examples of art and artifacts that represent past and present times and cultures:

Mayan Chichin Itza (Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico)

Great Wall of China (Ming dynasty) 

Berlin Wall (Germany 1961-1989)

Moai (Easter Island)

Maiden of Deception Pass story pole (1983 Rosario Beach, WA)

Grand Canyon (USA)

Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

🎬  Watch UNESCO's video on intangible cultural heritage. 

Small group exercise

a. Identify examples of cultural heritage that are meaningful to you: 

an art work (painting, film, sculpture, monument, dance, song, book, music, photo, tradition, etc.) 


a world heritage site (UNESCO list here).

Your choices can be from any time and place, including here and now. 

b. Discuss the significance of the examples you identify.

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