National Inventorying Workshop

On March 17, 2019, Aigine CRC has started an inventorying workshop in Bishkek. Group members from all 7 provinces came with the goal to learn about the concept of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) reflected in the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and to discuss and work out local ways/ approaches to make inventories of sacred sites and related rituals and practices. An inventorying workshop will finish on March 18 and the regional groups will start their field activities in the provinces. The workshop is being conducted in the frame of the project “Safeguarding of Practices and Rare Rituals Related to Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan: Preparation of an Inventory and Safeguarding Measures”, supported by the ICH Fund of UNESCO.

Training workshop for the project team

A Training workshop for the project team was conducted on 20 February 2019. Aigine CRC also invited project consultants, sacred site guardians, traditional practitioners, interested community members, journalists and MA students of the Anthropology Department. Ms. Sabira Soltongeldieva, Secretary General of the National Commission of UNESCO to the Kyrgyz Republic led the sessions on inventory techniques, regulations of the 2003 ICH Convention and UNESCO project reporting. Ms. Gulnara Aitpaeva, director of the Aigine CRC, conducted the sessions on the project objectives, goals and results, as well as on role of local communities on inventorying sacred sites and related ICH elements and on developing their efficient safeguarding measures. The project team and training participants overviewed best safeguarding practices around the world and learned about community-based inventorying techniques of Australia, Canada, Brazil and Uganda. (The list of participants and used materials are presented in Annex II). 

 

List of the participants: 1. Aijamal Tilaeva – guardian of the sacred site Jalgyz-Terek in Chui province 2. Aiza Abdyrakhmanova – project coordinator, Aigine CRC 3. Almagul Aisarieva – graduate of the Anthropology Department of the American University in Central Asia 4. Alybaeva Gulnara – representative of the Ministry of Education 5. Chinara Bektemirova – guardian of the sacred site Aziz in Chui province 6. Chynara Seidakmatova – spiritual practitioner, regional coordinator of the Yssyk-Kul province 7. Doolot Jusupov – public activist, regional coordinator of the Naryn province 8. Erkayim Alisherova – administrative assistant, Aigine CRC 9. Gulnara Aitpaeva – director, Aigine CRC 10. Jumagazy Sadyr uulu – public activist, regional coordinator of Chui province 11. Kyyal Tajieva – poet from Jalal-Abad province 12. Meyilkan Emilbaeva – spiritual practitioner, regional coordinator of the Osh province 13. Sabira Soltongeldieva – Secretary General of the National Commission of UNESCO to the Kyrgyz Republic

Steering Committee

Name

Position

1.     Kudakeev Jenish

Guardian of the Sacred Place Nyldy-Ata, Talas province

2.     Soltongeldieva Sabira

Secretary-General  of the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic  for UNESCO

3.     Akmatova Kuluipa

Director of the Rural Development Fund

Safeguarding of Practices and Rare Rituals Related to Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan: Preparation of an Inventory and Safeguarding Measures.

The  project is aimed at compiling a unified national inventory of sacred sites (hereinafter SS) and rare ritual practices along with developing their efficient safeguarding measures. The inventory will be based on extensive field research findings on sacred sites and traditional knowledge conducted and documented by Aigine Cultural Research Center (hereinafter Aigine CRC) from 2004 to 2014. The project also aims at putting together a National Manual on Safeguarding and Developing Sacred Sites.

 

The objectives:

(a) the identification of elements of living heritage related to sacred sites in Kyrgyzstan to ensure their continued viability;

(b) improved public awareness of the importance of intangible cultural heritage;

(c) the increased capacity of the stakeholders concerned to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage in question, in order to ensure its transmission to the future generation.

The results:

(a) an inventory published on intangible cultural heritage related to sacred sites in Kyrgyzstan for their safeguarding;

(b) safeguarding measures developed, in the form of a national manual, for the elements of intangible cultural heritage in question;

(c) capacity building training provided to the stakeholders concerned.

There are 3 stages of activities developed in order to reach the objectives and ensure the results, mentioned above.  A Steering Committee will be established to monitor and evaluate the project implementation. On-site working groups will be formed in all 7 provinces of the country to conduct field research and data collection. Two national experts on sacred site and rare rituals and an international expert on the issues related to the inventorying will be involved into the project. The project team will be responsible for project implementation and supervision.   

 

Location of the project:

There are seven provinces of Kyrgyzstan, namely – Chui, Yssyk-Kul, Talas, Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad. These seven provinces correspond to all the administrative divisions of Kyrgyzstan. A field research component of the proposed project will be carried out in all seven provinces of the country. The project team will be based in Bishkek.

 

 

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