The glamorous Golden Mummy Parade was held in April of this year in the streets of Cairo amidst extravagant celebrations, and well-choreographed and pre-recorded dance and musical shows. The whole event was made to celebrate the move of the 22 royal mummies from the old museum in Cairo, known as the Egyptian Museum, to the newly established Cairene National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations. The news of the parade reached several media outlets around the world instigating a multitude of reactions from individuals belonging to different social and cultural groups.
The doctrinal church of Saint John the Baptist in Sutatausa, Colombia is now open to the public after recent restoration. Inside, you can find a syncretic mural depicting an indigenous Muisca praying. This representation of exceptional quality, beyond the archaeological testimony, tells us the story of the resilience of a people in the preservation of its traditions, resisting to time, destruction, and oppressors.
As some people used last year’s lockdown to get into yoga, reconnect with themselves or start cooking for the first time, a lot of us got sucked into social media, but not always to be a total waste of time. This is how I discovered @shinanova – Shina Novalinga – and her mother @kayuulanov, both Inuk throat singers sharing about their culture on Tiktok and Instagram. A new kind of content on the platform that made me wonder if we may have missed a step regarding preserving intangible heritage. Did social media become our last chance?