The case of Nyanga Cultural Landscape, N.E. Zimbabwe

Mupira, Paul (2003) The case of Nyanga Cultural Landscape, N.E. Zimbabwe. In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

A present or past identity is often closely associated with specific locations and structures in the landscape. The concept of a sense of belonging to a place enshrined in religious and spiritual beliefs affects a community's disposition towards the past. Usually local communities care for only those material elements that have direct significance to their spiritual apparatus. As Cleere (1989: 8) points out some sites may be sacrosanct and unalienable, but other manifestations of the past may be demolished or neglected as having no significance. Following this argument, the paper looks at the Nyanga community’s perception of the past, and explores the nature of this restricted concern. In order to solicit attitudes regarding spiritual beliefs the locals were asked whether they held the terraces as sacred. The diverse perceptions that emerged have important implications on the management of the cultural landscape.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Mupira, PaulUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural landscape; sacred places; local community; protection; management
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Nyanga Cultural Landscape, Zimbabwe
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 19:22
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16
References: Cleere, H. (1989) Introduction: The Rationale of archaeological Heritage Management. In: Cleere, H. (ed) Archaeological Heritage Management in the Modern World. Unwin Hyman, London, pp 1-19.

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URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/497

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