A tent, a pigeon house, and a pomegranate tree
The Bedouins in Egypt are an important tribal nomadic community who migrated to Egypt from the Arab peninsula hundreds of years ago, inhabiting the north and western deserts and the Sinai Peninsula. With increased urbanization in those areas, however, they have become mostly a settled community, at risk of losing social practices, oral traditions, customs, language, and identity, all associated with intangible cultural heritage (ICH). Digital technology has often played a major role in supporting documentation of ICH at risk of loss with Web-based material, increasing its access and dissemination. The sustainability of such an approach could be harnessed to its full potential by supporting the participation of community members. This remains a challenge since ICH should be researched within each specific social, cultural, and technological setting. We therefore adopted a bottom-up approach to ICH could benefit from HCI participatory methods to engage communities with technologies.
LAZEM, Shaimaa, GIGLITTO, Danilo, PRESTON, Anne (2018) "A tent, a pigeon house, and a pomegranate tree", in Interactions 25(2):18-20, Association for Computing Machinery [online] Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323371291_A_tent_a_pigeon_house_and_a_pomegranate_tree [Accessed 30/05/2019]