Life and Tradition of the Ababda Nomads in the Egyptian Desert, the Junction between Intangible and Tangible Heritage Management

Bos-Seldenthuis, Jolanda E.M.F. (2007) Life and Tradition of the Ababda Nomads in the Egyptian Desert, the Junction between Intangible and Tangible Heritage Management. The International Journal of Intangible Heritage, 2. pp. 32-43. ISSN 1975-3586

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In December 2006 a Heritage Centre was opened in the Wadi el Gamal National Park in south-eastern Egypt, following a decade of research and cooperation with the local community of the area. This Centre, called Beyt Ababda or House of the Ababda, displays the cultural heritage of the Ababda nomads living in the Egyptian Eastern Desert (on the west shore of the Red Sea). This centre is one of the first heritage centres in Egypt to start with a holistic approach in mind, trying to reach the inhabitants of the region and the visitors of the national park and informing them on cultural as well as ecological issues. The cultural identity and intangible heritage of the Ababda will be emphasized and the desert experience of the visitor will be presented in a new manner for Egyptian cultural heritage management. In the Wadi Gamal area all initiatives, both ecological and cultural are included in order to present the visitor with a complete view of desert life, hopefully providing the Ababda community with a sustainable income and amplified cultural identity.

Item Type: Article
Cultural Property: Ababda nomads, Egypt
Keywords: intangible cultural heritage, cultural identity, local community, nomads, management
Subjects: B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 05 Social practices, rituals and festive events
B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 06 Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 07 Traditional craftsmanship
B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 08 Traditional knowledge on productive activities, processes and techniques
B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 10 Safeguarding of ICH
B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 11 Management
B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 12 Local communities
Depositing User: Mr Jose García Vicente
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2024 17:23
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2024 17:23

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