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The Curagua of Aguasay is now Heritage of Humanity
  Siguiente Vista de Noticias
2 December 2015/ CDC Press

The traditional knowledge and technologies relating to the growing and processing of the curagua is the new element representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015. The decision was unanimously adopted by Organization’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at its tenth annual session in Namibia.

The representation from Venezuela, composed of the artisan Ramona Chauran de Aguasay, the President of the Centre for Cultural Diversity, Benito Irady, anthropologists María Ismenia Toledo and Víctor Rago, and the photographer Rafael Salvatore, together with the Ambassador of Venezuela to Namibia, Juan Carlos Barrios, were present at the deliberations in the city of Windhoek.

The delegation expressed its appreciation for the decision of adopting all the criteria previously established by the Evaluation Body, which recognizes the way state-community integration is practiced in our country in relation to living heritage and respect for human rights. This expression, inscribed on the Representative List, specifically attests to the interculturalism consolidating the creative capacities of our people.

The governmental and community experiences to secure the safeguarding of the knowledge and technologies relating to the growing and processing of the curagua have been strengthened by UNESCO’s just interpretation of the file submitted. Its greatest value lies in the leading role played by a people committed to maintaining this legacy for future generations.

On Wednesday, 2 December, after the nominations were examined, a process that lasted until 6 p.m. (local time), the jury members recognized and congratulated the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a ceremony followed by a prolonged applause. The artisan Ramona Chauran and the President of the Centre for Cultural Diversity, Benito Irady, approached the UNESCO authorities and gave them publications corresponding to the nomination as well as a sample of the fibre and the material woven with curagua, gifts that were warmly received by the Chairperson of the session in Namibia, H.M. Trudie Amalungo, and by the Secretary of the Convention, Cécile Duvelle.

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