Latest Cultural preservation News

Amid rising seas, island nations push for legal protections

Sep. 30, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

APIA, Samoa (AP) — When and if an island nation fully submerges due to rising seas, what happens to the nationalities of its citizens? This and other related questions are being considered by island nations advocating for changes to international law as climate change threatens...

As Cantonese language wanes, efforts grow to preserve it

Sep. 26, 2022 22:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three decades ago, finding opportunities to learn Cantonese in San Francisco wasn't hard. But today in the city that's drawn Cantonese speakers from South China for over 150 years, there's fear that political and social upheaval are diminishing a language that is a cultural...

Bargain hunter scores 700-year-old medieval times document

Sep. 23, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bargain hunter who went to an estate sale in Maine to find a KitchenAid mixer, a bookshelf or vintage clothing walked away with a 700-year-old treasure. Instead of a kitchen appliance, Will Sideri stumbled upon a framed document hanging on a wall. It had...

Drowning island nations: 'This is how a Pacific atoll dies'

Sep. 22, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

While world leaders from wealthy countries acknowledge the “existential threat” of climate change, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano is racing to save his tiny island nation from drowning by raising it 13 to 16 feet (4 to 5 meters) above sea level through land reclamation. ...

Mexico ups protection at pre-Hispanic ceremonial site

Sep. 21, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has declared a pre-Hispanic site in the central state of Guanajuato as an archaeological monument zone protecting it from the possibility of encroaching development and expressing a commitment to continue excavating the ancient ruins. The National...

The Muscogee get their say in national park plan for Georgia

Sep. 21, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — When Tracie Revis climbs the Great Temple Mound, rising nine stories above the Ocmulgee River in the center of present-day Georgia, she walks in the steps of her Muscogean ancestors who were forcibly removed to Oklahoma 200 years ago. “This is lush, gorgeous...

More than 100 archaeological sites featured on new website

Sep. 21, 2022 04:11 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new website highlights how archaeological sites across Kentucky have contributed knowledge about the state's history, officials said. Discover Kentucky Archaeology was launched by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in...

King County proposes millions for new policing alternatives

Sep. 19, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — King County Executive Dow Constantine on Monday proposed measures to boost public safety in Washington state’s most populous county with alternatives to traditional law enforcement. Many of the proposals for the county including Seattle focus on alternatives...

Tearful Allison Russell wins Americana Award for debut album

Sep. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Russell won album of the year for her debut solo record “Outside Child,” while bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings won artist of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards. Russell, whose starkly beautiful album touches...

Prominent Native Hawaiians named to Mauna Kea authority

Sep. 14, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige on Monday appointed several people, including some prominent Native Hawaiian activists, to a new board charged with managing Mauna Kea summit lands underneath some of the world's most advanced astronomical observatories. Two of the eight appointees...