Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Cultural Heritage: Threats and Challenges for a New Model of Heritage Policy

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June 1, 2019

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Heritage Culture Politics Indigenous Peoples Rights Decolonization Latin America


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Marta Kania, « Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Cultural Heritage: Threats and Challenges for a New Model of Heritage Policy », Latinoamérica. Revista de estudios Latinoamericanos, ID : 10670/1.k8vpg0


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: The purpose of this article is to analyze the condition of indigenous peoples’ rights in the context of the protection, safeguard and management of their cultural heritage, especially those elements which have been recognized as of “outstanding universal values” and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. As the territory of reference, I chose the Latin American area. I point out the negative aspects of the political appropriation of the cultural heritage and the implications of its designation as a World Heritage for indigenous peoples. Referring in particular to the international documents and analyzing the content of the recommendations and reports adopted in recent years by the UN-system, I also try to identify the positive social initiatives and political practices.

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