all images from Unesco web site
The considerable experience accumulated in the course of these six years of the Proclamation, in terms of the methodology for the identification and selection of the masterpieces and the concrete lessons learned from the safeguard plans currently in operation, is an irreplaceable template that will prove to be priceless for us when it comes to implementing the Convention.
From the opening speech of the Director-General, at the Meeting of the International Jury for the Proclamation, 21 November 2005
The program was first launched by Unesco in 1977 to raise public awareness about the value of intangible heritage and the need to safeguard it. This living heritage, by its very nature fragile and perishable yet at the same time essential for the cultural identity of peoples, was not in fact taken into account by the 1972 Convention for the preservation of the world's cultural and natural heritage, which focussed exclusively on tangible heritage ... .
Included among selected oral and intangible cultural heritages are oral traditions and expressions, traditional performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, traditional craftsmanship, and cultural spaces.
Those selected in 2005 for the theme of traditional craftsmanship are Oxherding and Oxcart tradition in Costa Rica; the Indonesian kris or dagger; the textile arts of Taquile Island (Lake Titicaca), Bolivia; and Ugandan bark cloth making [our earlier post].