Identifying Tangible and Intangible Cultural Relationships in a Rapidly Changing Region of Turkey

Yetkin, Aylin Alisan and Clements, Terry (2019) Identifying Tangible and Intangible Cultural Relationships in a Rapidly Changing Region of Turkey. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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PART 2. RECOGNIZING INTANGIBLE HERITAGE AND DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES - Stewardship of Biocultural Landscapes in the 21st Century: The Role of Traditional Knowledge and Practices /// The agricultural landscapes and lifestyles of the Lazi and Hemshin people in Findikli, Turkey are rapidly evolving as agricultural production changes from hazelnuts for regional markets to tea for global distribution. Historically, intangible community social relationships and cultural practices as well as tangible land uses and built structures reflected the activities and functions of each group’s family-based farming. Wide-scale tea production is erasing the region’s cultural and physical heritage, often before local residents are even aware of the physical losses and cultural implications. This study was conducted to discover and document connections between the communities’ social and cultural relationships, land uses and agricultural practices. Multiple community-based research methods were used to collect data from local residents as well as those with family or community connections to the area. Collectively, the methods extracted indications of the values the Lazi and Hemshin hold concerning their tangible and intangible heritage elements. Coincidentally, the research process also coalesced awareness of the threats and incremental changes to their communities’ social and cultural practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Yetkin, Aylin Alisan
Clements, Terry
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural landscapes; natural landscapes; agriculture; land use; farming; rural landscapes; social and economic aspects; traditional practices; nature culture integration; local communities; reasearch programmes; research projects; community-based management; Turkey
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 06. Cultural Landscapes
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 02. Agricultural heritage
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
N.ANTHROPOLOGY > 03. Ethnology
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 06. Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Findikli, Turkey; Hemshin people in Findikli, Turkey
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 11:12
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 11:12
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