Collection process and data analysis. The first year of the project.

Aigine CRC started data collection process in autumn 2021.

The collection of publications for the data entry sheets began with an analysis of the materials from the library and archives of Aigine Cultural Research Center. Analysis has shown that Aigine CRC has extensively published the results of projects implemented in the field of documenting and inventorying the elements of ICH, in the fields of social practices and rituals, as well as knowledge and practices related to nature and the Universe. Since 2005, Aigine CRC has been engaged in the inventory, documentation of sacred sites and related ritual practices in Kyrgyzstan. These projects resulted in production of 14 publications and 15 short documentaries, which are used in formal and non-formal education. All of these research and publications are related to social anthropology. Two books, namely “National Manual on Safeguarding Sacred Sites, Pilgrimage Practices and Rituals” and “Sacred sites of the north of Kyrgyzstan: nature, man, spirituality” were entered into the data entry sheets.

The center also has paper and digital publications on documenting, developing, promoting and protecting the elements of ICH in the field of oral tradition and performing arts, as well as materials on social research to increase the capacity building of researchers and instructors of higher education system with the ICH elements as a tool. Two Aigine’s text books on traditional conflict management and traditional music were entered into the data entry sheets.

In order to diversify the inroduced research materials, we selected the study of traditional handicrafts to be entered into the data entry sheets.

For the first year of the project the data entry sheets included 9 publications from Aigine CRC and 1 publication from   the Resource Center in Kyrgyzstan of the Central Asian Association for  Crafts Support (CACSARC-kg).

There were no publications on traditional sports and games, governing systems, medicine, festivals and children related practices, and lack of publications on traditional craftsmanship and music in the data entry sheets. This observation was taken into account and representatives of organizations that work in unrepresented fields were invited to the first national workshop.