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Protecting Haitian Material Heritage

February 28, 2010

We’ve spent a lot of time — quite rightly — talking about the human cost of the earthquake. However, we shouldn’t overlook the fact that human beings are also creative beings, and that we leave records of our time on earth in the material artifacts that we leave behind — buildings, art, literature, and so on.

One of the tragedies of the earthquake was that so much of this material culture was affected in Haiti. It’s become commonplace to say that Haiti and Haitians are very culturally alive, but what effect did the earthquake have on this patrimony?

I’ve posted before, but just want to note that the Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLoC) is working with the Haitian government and its people to salvage, collect, and rebuild this heritage.

For more about it, go here:

Protecting Haiti Patrimony Report

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