Accepted Paper:

Inventorying intangible cultural heritage, a new reality for the tourism development: an example in south of France  


Patricia Carlier (univ AIX 1 IDEMEC)

Paper short abstract:

An example in a small country in the south of France including an important ethnological and anthropological heritage. A necessary inclusion of those heritages in the general inventory of the country for the tourism development and the local involvement to realize it.

Paper long abstract:

The transfer of the general inventory of cultural heritage in the regional councils and local communities in 2007 generated à new tool of acculturation and identity for the tourism.

In a local heritage mission in the south of France,it was necessary to include ethnological and anthropological heritages in the general inventory of the country in relation with furthers projects of tourim development and to obtain different labels.

The heritage inventory is directly connected with the strategical development of the country, and that was not the case before 2007.

This new utilisation of cultural heritage inventory needs new methods, new tools, new partnerships.

The difficulty was the intangible cultural heritage cataloging.

To collect the informations concerning that heritage (food and culinary heritage, vineyards, or bullsfight...) it was necessary to create new methods.

New scientific partnerships of cultural institutions or universities, new technic tools (videos,records...) .

the involvement of the population was also very important and an official heritage commission was created by the country in 2008, to help the heritage mission.

After 6 years of activities,18 labels and 3 important projects realized, using the ethnological and anthropological heritage, it's possible to present some concrete examples showing how the differents stakeholders, partners and inhabitants of the country had participated to the heritage mission and how they received particulary the intangible cultural heritage.

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