Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in the Pacific: a brief report on recent progress at the Australian Museum
Christidis, L, Daniel, V & Monaghan, P 2008, 'Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in the Pacific: a brief report on recent progress at the Australian Museum', International Journal of Intangible Heritage, vol. 3, pp. 143-147.
This paper reports on an intangible cultural heritage forumheld at the Australian Museum, Sydney, in 2007. Forumparticipants, including representatives from Fiji, Guam,New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Palau, Samoa, Tonga,Vanuatu, and Yap as well as members of Sydney’s heritagecommunity, contributed to a debate on the question of whatthe UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of theIntangible Cultural Heritage 2003 means in practical terms to Pacific countries and how the Australian Museum might work in partnership with them in their safeguarding efforts.Importantly, the forum allowed the interests of traditional knowledge holders to be considered and for a number of concerns to be noted. These concerns are also of significance for those working more broadly in the field of intangible cultural heritage and are reported below.