In Newfoundland and Labrador, our living heritage is rich and diverse, and includes ballad singing, snowshoe-making, fiddle-playing, thrum knitting, throat singing, Christmas mummering, berry picking, boat building and much more.
We tell stories, make clothes from caribou and seal skins, shear sheep and spin yarn.
We have a complex knowledge of place, the seasons, and the movements and patterns of the animals here from caribou to cod fish.
If we lose these important aspects of our living heritage (what the international heritage community calls Intangible Cultural Heritage), our distinctive identities will be diminished, and we will lose important resources that can sustain our communities culturally, economically and socially.
Many individuals, organizations and communities in this province are engaged in the urgent work of preserving our distinct intangible cultural heritage, which is available through the ICH Inventory.
With the support of the provincial government, the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is working to enact an Intantigble Cultural Heritage strategy.
For more information, please contact:
Dale Gilbert Jarvis
Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer
1 Springdale Street, PO Box 5171
St. John's, NL, CANADA A1C 5V5
Phone: 709-739-1892 ext. 2
Toll-free: 1-888-739-1892 ext. 2