1. What objects from the past do you particularly treasure?
My Italian dialect.
2. Do you think that some objects from the past are best forgotten?
If they were valued and meaningful and critical to one’s identity formation and cultural sustenance, no.
3. What intangible pasts (e.g. customs and languages) are meaningful to you?
My dialect and my ancestors’ strong work ethic.
4. How is it best to preserve these intangible pasts?
By transferring to each generation, emphasizing the critical links to identity, and transferring through oral tradition, teachings, sharing of language, customs etc.
5. If we save more and more objects and intangible pasts, is there a danger that there will be too much past in the future?
There is never a danger as both material and immaterial objects, ideas, languages evolve, transform with each generation, adding its own unique characteristics. With each generation their meaning and value are sustained. Intangible cultural elements are sometimes more significant than tangible ones in contributing to cultural resilience. They also play a significant role in cultural revitalization efforts.
Female, 40s, scholar and public servant