Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (CNCA) has recognised the new Living Human Treasures of the year 2017. This initiative was created by the UNESCO, and invites all of its member countries to recognise those people that in one way or another have contributed to the cultural heritage of the nations.
To be recognized under this category entails a great responsibility, since it involves a continuous work with the individuals and recognized communities, with the purpose of protecting the cultural heritage and value for which they were recognized. They also receive a monetary encouragement that will allow them to carry out their activities with greater funds.
CNCA gives 4 distinctions, two for individual treasures, and two for groups or associations. Last year, they recognized the following:
- Singer Lucy Briceño, who was borned in Valparaíso and is known for being an example of the traditional song from the port. This artist began her career as a dancer, but little by little she started to work on her voice. A deep and thick voice, with a vibrato that has lead her to be part of different musical groups. Among her repertoire it’s possible to find cuecas, boleros, Peruvian waltz, and songs that were part of Valparaíso during the XX century.
- Sculptor Isabel Pakarati, who was awarded this recognition for her work in cultivating and preserving the traditional rapa nui practice of the Kai Kai. This traditional threaded game tells the story of the community, accompanied by song, tales and gestures that makes this practice unique. A peculiar way of learning more about the stories and legends of these culture.
- Directly from Cartagena, the Madariaga Family was recognised for their “canto a lo poeta”. Three generations who have dedicated their lives to cultivate the verses and riffs of the guitar for over 70 years; allowing the tradition of “canto a lo poeta” to stay alive no matter the years that have passed. This tradition consists of songs that are composed into ten-line stanzas, which have been told mouth to mouth for many centuries; telling the story of the traditional countryside culture.
- The María Cárcamo, Manuela de Marconi and Corazón de María Morenos de Paso Society; three groups that pay homage to the Rosario de Las Penas Virgen. This practice has been present in the north of the country for many decades, and they consist of artistic manifestations accompanied by music and dance, that honor a religious entity. They are over 79 people that form this society and that keep this tradition alive.
These people have dedicated their careers and their life to spread the traditions of different communities from our country; whether it is through music, dance or art, these Living Human Treasures of Chile are a reflection of what has forged our community.
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