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Cultural Footprints : documenting and preserving the heritage of the Bali Aga

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Where and When

Bali, Indonesia. 11 to 25 July 2017.

Educational Content Area

Sustainable Development. Diversity.

Project Description

Whilst staying in the village of the people of Tenganan Pegringsingan - also known as the Bali Aga, the original Balinese - participants will explore the impact of globalization on small, traditional communities and attempt to develop ways and ideas of how to cope with the changes of our increasingly evolving and connected world.

Socio-cultural changes, such as high levels of tourism to the island, threaten to affect the perpetuation and preservation of this local culture, especially amongst the younger generation.  Participants will contribute to the work of the partner organization by creating a short film and photobook, documenting information gathered during their stay in this community.  By helping the Tenganan people document their culture, participants will help instil in the youth of the community, an awareness and pride that will help promote its preservation.   

The partner organization, ‘Badan Pelestarian Pusaka Indonesia (BPPI), works to safeguard the sustainability of the Indonesian heritage, through contributing to policy and assisting with capacity building and funding of the conservation movement.  Experts from the BPPI will advise participants on how to communicate and gather information from the community in an appropriate way.

Through a short immersive stay in the community, and activities with BPPI, participants will learn about the history, culture, identity, and economic situations of Bali Aga, and the threats to this unique culture.  Participants will reflect on their own connection to the theme, sharing examples of the tensions between the global and the local or traditional from their own countries, and the way groups and institutions have worked to overcome the pressure to assimilate.

Participant Profile

Participants should ideally:

  • Have an interest in the preservation of heritage (social and culture, architecture, tradition). 
  • Be able to easily adjust to the local environment.
  • Be willing to work with the local population and be sensitive to their traditions.
  • Have an interest in photography or film making. 

How to take part

Contact your nearest CISV National Association and register your interest for IPP P-2016-005 Indonesia

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