January 15, 2013, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, sent a letter to both local and French authorities involved in military operations in Mali. She asked them to make every effort to protect the already severely damaged cultural heritage of the country and prevent the traffic of Timbuktu's "documentary heritage" that has been allegedly stolen by the Islamists.
Preservation of cultural diversity
The musée du Quai Branly is offering a journey across space and time with its current exhibition of Aborigine paintings. Displayed is both a culture's vitality and its return to its roots as emphasized by the show's title, "The Sources of Aborigine painting".
Founder of the movement to save the remaining rainforests, Chief Raoni protects an ancient culture in a struggle for life, biodiversity, and respect for the culture of his people, the Kayapo. For over four decades, Raoni has battled to save the Amazon rainforest from deforestation.
On March 27, 2009, when the Aladdin project was launched at UNESCO, Jacques Chirac, one of its sponsors, gave a speech. He proclaimed: "The tragedy of the Holocaust forbids us to ever forget. It demands modesty. It ignites anger in the heart of every man of good will, when the Holocaust is challenged."
On December 8, the" Sorosoro, so the languages of the world may live on!” program is celebrating three years of existence at the Maison des Cultures du Monde. It will take us on a trip to India, Africa, and to France's overseas territories.... The program includes folk tales that will make us laugh and cry, lectures, and the screening of an Indian film never before seen in France.
Two years ago, on October 30, 2009 Claude Levi-Strauss passed away. We would like to pay tribute this week to this major 20th century intellectual, a revolutionary anthropologist, and an ardent proponent of diversity.
Just over 2 years ago, on October 6, 2009, we launched our website. Ambitious, it offered from the outset dozens of pages of texts, 5500 languages localized on interactive Google Maps, and a handful of videos...
On December 8, at the Maison des Cultures du Monde in Paris, the 3rd Sorosoro Encounters will take place, celebrating the program's third anniversary.
In focus this week: languages of Latin America, but also: a new video in Tamasheq, the NSF and NEH grants, and more…
The indigenous populations, commonly known as "pygmies", live spread across all 12 regions of the Congo, both within forest or on the outskirts of villages, are threatened with extinction according to the UN. Some years ago, they made up 10% of the population. In the last census in 2007, the indigenous peoples formed only 2% of Congo's 3.6 million inhabitants.