The Island Ark Project is back in Palau to engage with stakeholders and to attend a conference focusing on "Youth as Safeguarding Actors for Pacific ICH” that is organized by ICHCAP, a UNESCO category-2 center in Korea and the Ministry of Culture and Community Affairs of Palau. Dennis will present his research results from the last stay in 2016. The other big task during the conference is to listen to what various stakeholders, from government and civil society – in Palau and beyond, are willing to share with us in terms of wisdom about intangible cultural heritage, relevant safeguarding activities in the Pacific, and the state of outmigration and migrant communities. Obviously, we are also interested to find out about the status of the undersea cable connecting Palau to the fast Internet so many people around the world already enjoy.
Having arrived in Koror, Dennis is excited to engage in the exchange and to enjoy the great hospitality of the Palauans. It is good to know that not all too much has changed here in Palau. A new hotel will be build soon in downtown Koror, where restaurants previously provided tasty food. Maybe some better news: the price of wifi Internet has changed and was drastically lowered at least by Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC). We want to thank ICHCAP, Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton and the Bureau of Cultural and Historical Preservation of Palau! Looking forward to the next couple of days.
On March 29, we met with the members of the Delegation of the Republic of Palau to UNESCO at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in order to update each other on the progress and the Island Ark Project and new developments in the (not so) microcosm that is intangible cultural heritage (ICH) safeguarding.
The Delegation of Palau has been a strong supporter and advisor of the project from the beginning. This time again, Mdm El Kadi and her team was uplifting and showed great interest in our next steps to develop the Island Ark Project into a helpful resource for the people in and from the Pacific when it comes to digital safeguarding of ICH. For instance, Dennis will travel to Palau in late April and take part in a conference organized by ICHCAP, the UNESCO center located in Jeonju, Korea. At said conference, he will present the findings from last year’s five-week stint of field research.
Stay tuned for updates from Koror in the end of April! We will more actively spread news about Island Ark Project via this blog, which is in turn to be integrated into our main and more comprehensive website.