Development of an inventory of intangible cultural heritage for Shiselweni region in Eswatini

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 64,824 granted in 2019
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/10/2019 - 22/04/2022
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Eswatini


Implemented by the Eswatini National Trust Commission, the project aimed to raise awareness among stakeholders about the importance of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, build capacity among community members to conduct fieldwork, and produce an inventory of intangible cultural heritage elements in the Shiselweni region. Shiselweni, located in the southwest, is the country’s only region that has not established an inventory. Therefore, the project, which was requested by local leaders, seeks to fill in this gap by training fourteen community members and six cultural officers in community-based inventorying. A minimum of thirty elements in the Shiselweni region were identified and inventoried using recorded interviews and video sessions. The inventory, which formed part of the national inventory, was published and made available to various stakeholders, including educational institutions.

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