Nothing can make you feel prouder than your own culture, traditions, and values. Witnessing our roots provides a deep sense of gratification and fulfilment to us. The genesis of the existence of our being, our habits, and our lifestyle is worth carrying to future generations. But, on a sad note, not a good population is embarking on its passage to posterity.
Our culture and traditions, may it be our folk dances, old school music, golden days’ art or any other form of ancestry, are supposed to be introduced to the future generations. When we hold on to our roots, then our stems come out to be really strong.
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In the world full of modernism, we still have a handful of people, who are holding up on their traditions and are determined to keep them secured for successors. Here are some top venues and organizations that are bound to keep their traditions alive:
National Endowment For The Humanities (NEH)
Headquartered at Washington DC, NEH is an independent federal agency, working for the preservation of all traditional arts, traditions, and cultures. Formed in 1965, it supports and funds students and institutions, working on ancient humanities. It conducts events and competitions to promote various cultures, which faded with time. Some of its noteworthy works are:
- Exhibition on ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’
- Documentary on ‘The Civil War’
- Web project – ‘Edsitement’
- Digital project – ‘The Valley of the Shadow’
Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) Of the United Nations
Food and agriculture have always been an eminent part of the cultural heritage of a clan. Ancient agricultural techniques and preserving methods have always proved to be lifesaving to new generations. However, with time and technology, their shade has faded up. The FAO section of United Nations has taken the charge of restoring these traditional methods into agricultural routines. This will not only make coming generations aware of old methods but also help us learn the reliable techniques of our forefathers.
Centro De Textiles Tradicionales Del Cusco (CTTC)
Founded in 1996, this organization is led by Nilda Alvarez. It is a binding thread of past and present which is beautifully maintaining the striking art of Cusco textile weaving. Main features of CTTC are:
- It is a non-profit organization
- It works for preserving and promoting high quality cuscanian textiles
- It provides financial and moral support to the traditional weavers
- It promotes the eco-friendly dying
CTTC is an inspiration for all and is a great example of working for keeping traditions alive.
Davis and Elkins College
The list of culturally diverse groups would definitely be incomplete without mentioning Appalachia people. They have produced a wide range of folk dances, music and contributed wholeheartedly to art, literature, and food. Their significant contribution is not much celebrated, and the Appalachian culture is often ignored. However, Davis and Elkins College is determined to preserve and restore the dignity and position of Appalachian culture. The college library contains a good number of audiovisuals of Appalachian dance and music. With the help of NEH’s preservation-assistance grants, the college is assessing the special collections and performing measures to keep them preserved. Also, the institute is promoting this culture by organizing fests. To diversify the collection, college students work to attain oral resources from the native Appalachians.
In the race of installing all the advancements in ourselves, we must not forget our origin. If more of such organizations and groups come forward, then surely, we can provide our future generations with a rich heirloom.