Scissor Dance in Peru, Photo by hugo
All over the world, traditions are in danger of dying out. These include rituals, performances, dances, oral traditions, arts, crafts, and local knowledge.
Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Intangible Program selects practices at risk and provides funding and support. If interested, check out the 2010 list.
Traditions of the US, Canada, UK, and Australia are not represented at all, however. These countries aren’t members of the UNESCO Intangibles Program and sadly cannot nominate their own dying practices.
As you might imagine, global traditions risking extinction range from the mainstream to wacky. Here are just some of my “favorites.”
Wouldn’t the world be a dismal place if we lost these things forever?
Human Towers in Spain
Photo by limpadgham
Painted oxcarts in Costa Rica
Photo by stevendepolo
Lace tradition from Alsace, France
Photo by -jer-
Vanuatu Sand Drawings
Photo by flissphil
What local tradition from your country would you nominate?
I’ll go first. On behalf of the United States, I would nominate square dancing, southern cooking, and RC cola.