Monthly Archives: February 2010

Subsistence Digging Is (Not) Looting?

I have found that the vast majority of fellow students in my master’s course tend to hold a defeatist attitude towards the illicit looting of cultural property—that is, it is inherently negative and harmful; it is “bad.” In cultural heritage … Continue reading

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The Ethnosphere and Our Common Culture

What does it mean to be human and alive? This is the fundamental question posed by renowned Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis in his January 13, 2010, SALT lecture, “The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World.” There are some … Continue reading

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Living Heritage in Santa Fe, N.M.

Just when readers might have suspected that all cultural heritage issues reported on this blog were going to be “negative” or “sad,” Culture in Peril thought to settle these concerns with a tip of the hat to Santa Fe, New … Continue reading

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UNESCO Seeks Ban on Haitian Artifacts Trade

Brought to your attention as an addendum to Culture in Peril’s last post regarding the earthquake’s effects on traditional Vodou burial rituals… UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) recently issued a statement to Director-General Ban Ki-moon asking for his support … Continue reading

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Earthquake Disrupts Traditional Haitian Burial Rites

Over the past month, the world has eagerly followed news stories about the earthquake rescue and relief efforts in Haiti. Humanitarian aid in the form of personnel, medicines, materials, etc., has flowed into the destroyed country from all corners of … Continue reading

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65,000-year-old Indigenous Tribe Loses Last Member

Last week, several major news sources reported on the passing of Boa Sr, the only surviving member of the Bo tribe of the Andaman islands and the last speaker of the group’s native language. To be sure, the loss of human … Continue reading

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Welcome to Culture in Peril

Hello world, and welcome to Culture in Peril! This blog serves as your source of the most up-to-date information and news about humankind’s shared cultural heritage. Culture in Peril will point followers towards the latest reports of heritage issues ongoing … Continue reading

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