Benefitting country(ies): El Salvador
The project aims to revitalize the intangible cultural heritage present in the municipality of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, in the west of El Salvador, by making use of information and communication technologies. Emphasis will be placed on oral traditions encompassed within mythology, tales and legends of Náhuat speakers. The small number and advanced age of Náhuat speakers seriously threaten the continuity of such oral traditions through which a complex body of knowledge and practices concerning nature, agriculture, ethics, health, etc., has been transmitted from generation to generation. The few initiatives led by educational institutions so far have had disappointing results. Planned activities within the present project include inventory work on oral traditions by young people below 20 years’ old who will be trained on the use of information and communication technologies for data collection and processing and the development and dissemination of both printed and audio-visual materials on oral traditions in Spanish and Náhuat. Implemented by the National Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the State’s Department of Culture in close cooperation with the Educational Complex of Santo Domingo, the Mayor’s Office of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and two community development associations, the project will encourage dialogue and exchanges between the younger and older generations throughout its duration.