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Community crafts and culture: empowering indigenous communities

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Karen Elizabeth Brown, James Brown, Tatiana Muñoz Brenes, Alejandro Soto Chaves

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Community Crafts and Culture (CCC) is a collaborative research project working in Costa Rica that, recognising the essential nature of intergenerational transmission of collective knowledge, sets out to create an online community map of local artisan workshops and to document significant sites in the landscape. A website is being created in collaboration with the local community as part of a local development strategic plan to increase sustainable tourism, using the physical eco/community museum as the administrative hub. Working with existing groups and respected women leaders, the programme also empowers young people by engaging them with their indigenous heritages. Given the opportunity to assume leadership roles and gain skills, young people’s practical experience can contribute towards a more equal and fair com-munity that respects their ancestors’ landscape and safeguards their distinctive ecology for fu-ture generations.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHERITAGE 2018. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development Conference
EditorsRogerio Amoeda, Sergio Lira, Cristina Pinheiro, Juan M. Santiago Zaragoza, Julio Calvo Serrano, Fabian Garcia Carillo
PublisherGreen Lines Institute
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9788433862617
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
EventHERITAGE 2018 6th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development - Granada, Spain
Duration: 12 Jun 201815 Jun 2018
Conference number: 6


ConferenceHERITAGE 2018 6th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development
Abbreviated titleHERITAGE 2018
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    Research areas

  • Cultural heritage, Sustainability

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