INDEPENDENT NEWS

Maasai To Digitally Record Heritage

Published: Thu 6 Aug 2009 03:25 PM
Maasai To Digitally Record Heritage For Prosperity Thanks To UN-Backed Scheme
New York, Aug 5 2009 6:10PM The Maasai people of Laikipia in Kenya have received digital recording equipment, marking a milestone in a United Nations-backed pilot-project aimed at helping indigenous communities document and preserve their cultural heritage, the UN intellectual property agency announced today.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) handed over a digital camera, sound recording equipment and a laptop computer to Chief Kisio and other elders of the Maasai community at a formal ceremony attended by some 200 its members in late July.
The ceremony was a landmark event in the agency’s Creative Heritage Project, which provides indigenous communities with opportunities to digitally preserve expressions of their culture and traditions, as well as training in how to protect their intellectual property from unwanted exploitation.
Along with stimulating creativity within the community, the programme can also promote local economic and cultural development by bridging the ‘digital divide,’ WIPO said in a news release.
The training programme, offered by WIPO in partnership with the American Folklife Center and Duke University in the United States, enables the Maasai to acquire technical skills and provides the equipment necessary to digitize and document their cultural heritage, in addition to an understanding of how to make informed decisions about managing intellectual property.
ENDS

Next in World

‘Unprecedented changes’ needed to limit global warming
By: United Nations
Joint statement on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
By: UK Government
Nauru Government shows continued callousness
By: Green Party
Oxfam plans to reach 100,000 people with basic aid
By: Oxfam
UN Human Rights Chief applauds Indian Supreme Court decision
By: UNHCHR
UNFCCC Secretariat Welcomes IPCC’s Global Warming Report
By: UNFCCC
Climate change: Act now or pay a high price, says UN expert
By: United Nations
Next 12 years crucial to NZ climate change action - Shaw
By: BusinessDesk
Global warming: 'we now need to question ourselves'
By: RNZ
IPCC report ‘end of magical thinking’ about climate change
By: University of Canterbury
IPCC 1.5C report - Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
International global warming report lays out the challenge
By: New Zealand Government
Weather station to help protect atoll nation
By: New Zealand Government
NZ not yet reaping the gains of electric vehicles
By: New Zealand Government
Strong support for climate action
By: New Zealand Government
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media