Intangible cultural heritage and the empowerment of local communities: Manyanga (Ntaba Zi Ka Mambo) revisited

Munyaradzi, Manyanga (2003) Intangible cultural heritage and the empowerment of local communities: Manyanga (Ntaba Zi Ka Mambo) revisited. 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)

In recent years, cultural heritage has been used as a way of empowering local communities, particularly in situations where they have been denied access or have been alienated from their heritage. Under the guise of the so-called African Renaissance, cultural heritage has been used as a rallying point by local communities in their demands for access to previously denied areas. This has manifested itself in the form of living traditions or the revival of cultural practices on archaeological sites. It is argued in this paper that the developments at Manyanga National Monument (Ntaba zi ka Mambo) in the 1990’s were part of a drive for empowerment, rather than just a clash over the value and management of the site: a challenge for the proposed UNESCO Convention on intangible cultural heritage. While the Convention is undeniably a useful tool in managing such heritage, these challenges are a useful caution, if those who adopt the convention are to effectively implement it.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Munyaradzi, Manyanga
Languages: English
Keywords: intangible heritage; local communities; conservation; UNESCO Convention
Subjects: O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Manyanga (Ntaba Zi Ka Mambo), Botswana
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 09:12
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16

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