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Art and Materials Conservation | Art Education | Art Practice | Biodiversity | Caribbean Languages and Societies | Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Research | Contemporary Art | Cultural Heritage Law | Cultural History | Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Digital Humanities | Environmental Law | Environmental Policy | Environmental Studies | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Immigration Law | Income Distribution | Land Use Law | Museum Studies | Other Arts and Humanities | Other International and Area Studies | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Place and Environment | Social and Cultural Anthropology
intangible heritage, biocultural knowledge, hurricane, environmental migration, digital repository, cultural stakeholders
This case study introduces an arts camp methodology of engaging communities in identifying their key cultural heritage features, thus serving as a meta study. It presents original research based on field studies on the climate-vulnerable Caribbean island of Barbuda during 2017 and 2018. Its Valued Cultural Elements survey, enabling precise identification of key tangible and intangible art forms and biocultural practices, may serve as a basis for further studies. Such approaches may facilitate future research or planning as climate-vulnerable communities harness Local or Indigenous Knowledge for purposes of biocultural heritage preservation, or towards adaptation or relocation. I report on findings in which participants identified key cultural heritage elements through drawings, paintings, sculpture, questionnaires and interviews. In this study focused on Barbuda both before and after Hurricane Irma, youth and adult stakeholders identified place-based cultural values, biocultural traditions and legal structures that they wish to preserve.
Keywords: cultural heritage, climate change, Barbuda, art, environmental vulnerability, Local Knowledge, stakeholder involvement, adaptation, culture, Caribbean, documentation, Small Island Developing State
Lerski, Martha B., "Cultural Heritage Preservation in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation or Relocation: Barbuda as a Case Study" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.
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