Lecturer: Ana Gita de Oliveira
Moderator: Octávio Elísio (Presidente IEPHA/MG)
Ana Gita de Oliveira holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the Universidade de Brasília. Coordinator of Brazil's Programa Nacional do Patrimônio Imaterial (National Program for Intangible Cultural Heritage) of the Secretaria de Patrimônio, Museus e Artes Plásticas of the Brazilian Ministery of Culture, Ana specializes in research related to themes of intangible heritage, national borders, and indigenous etiology. Academic works include her dissertation O mundo transformado: Um estudo da Cultura de fronteira no Alto Rio Negro. In this keynote address, titled Safeguarding Cultural Heritage, delivered as a part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2005 http://hemi.nyu.edu/eng/seminar/brazil2005), Gita discusses Brazil's current political and cultural climate related to the identification, inventory, documentation and registry of intangible cultural heritage. Focusing on the constitutional legislation Decreto 3551/2000 and the development of the Inventário Nacional de Referências Culturais (National Inventory of Cultural References), the anthropologist discusses the dialectic methodologies at play in the study of the local, regional and national contexts of Brazilian knowledges, practices and technologies, as well as the development of integrated policies related to the preservation of intangible cultural heritage.