Working with three Palestinian community organisations – the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, the Al Twani Craft Cooperative, and the Al Maleh Agricultural Cooperative – 20 young people have been recruited to train as youth researchers in their communities. After completing an intensive course in oral history techniques, as well as workshops in project design and management, these researchers have interviewed older generations to gather testimonies about cultural heritage in their communities. The process of recording heritage encourages the sharing of this knowledge between generations, as well as allowing the young people involved to develop valuable new skills. The data they collect will form the basis of an inventory of Bedouin lived cultural heritage in the oPt, especially those cultural resources that could support the resilience and sustainable economic development of future generations. You will be able to access many of these resources on this website as the project progresses.
The youth researchers are also developing proposals to protect the lived cultural heritage they identify through their research. They have presented project proposals to a panel comprised of the On Our Land team and local community members, which will choose a number of proposals to support with a small grant. This phase of the project is crucial in preserving the at-risk heritage of local Bedouin communities, both through the development of the cultural inventory and the projects designed by the youth researchers and implemented with the community.