UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage for 2023

Each year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization selects cultural practices that are unique and important to different communities in particular need to be honored and safeguarded. In 2023, 9 elements from Latin America and the Caribbean were highlighted to represent Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices. These include:

  • Ancestral and traditional techniques for the elaboration of the ‘Poncho Para’i de 60 Listas’, (Paraguay)
  • Bolero: identity, emotion and poetry turned into song (Cuba & Mexico)
  • Ch’utillos, the Festival of San Bartolomé and San Ignacio de Loyola, the meeting of cultures in Potosí (Bolivia)
  • Junkanoo (Bahamas)
  • Midwifery: knowledge, skills and practices (Colombia and others)
  • Practices and meanings associated with the preparation and consumption of ceviche, an expression of Peruvian traditional cuisine (Peru)
  • Traditional wooden boatbuilding in Carriacou and Petite Martinique (Grenada)
  • ICH safeguarding practices program for the cultural and ecologic Sea Turtle Festival of Armila (Panama)
  • Program for the safeguarding of the Bandos and Parrandas of the Holy Innocents of Caucagua: nuclei of initiation and transmission of wisdoms and community councils (Venezuela).
Each specific item is linked in its listed country. To further explore the UNESCO site, check out their living heritage graphic visualization programs, found here.