6159 - The Transformative Expression

Traditional knowledge embedded within indigenous cultures of the Americas, link cultural identities, building a framework of ongoing innovative and distinctive intellectual creative life that benefits all humanity. The tangible and intangible cultural knowledge transforms developing principles of collective rights globally rooted in the cosmological order. The ‘sacred’ is not taken away, but infuses a moral purpose in transformative experiences. The survival of the collective indigenous community is one tied to their traditional lands and integrated with an obligation to share. The surrounding environment is tied directly with the cosmos. The collective knowledge of indigenous identity is practical in terms of economic, political, cultural and social reality. Goals of cultural well-being and self-reliance contribute to the stabilization of the transformative process. The protection of traditional knowledge and evolving uses of traditional knowledge identified by indigenous peoples is recognized as a principle of the specific characteristics of traditional knowledge. Culture that is transmitted through symbols, geographical indicators and other cultural expressions is represented today through intellectual property and cultural property, as well as the cultural innovations, practices and cultural expressions that continue today. This is the grounding nature of the transformative process. The spiritual values of traditional knowledge holders conserve and maintain the system. Yet, this safeguarding of traditional knowledge allows for the continued development of traditional knowledge systems. The transformation melds the influences of construction and deconstruction, as tools of expression.

Keywords: culture, transformative, traditional, knowledge

Author: Paul, Patricia (Law Office of Patricia Paul, PLLC, Ud States of Am / USA)


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