Documentation of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Nubians- Bigeh Island in Aswan as a Case Study

Document Type : Original Article


1 Researcher, Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Luxor University, Egypt

2 Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Luxor University, Egypt


 In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization adopted a Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Heritage. Since that date all the countries all over the world started to develop the strategies to document, Keep, and market their Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) elements. The Nubian community in Egypt has rich and unique ICH which is still being transmitted from generation to generation. But such kind of cultural heritage face number of challenges which negatively affected it and may cause its extinction in the future these challenges include globalization, modernization, and changes in life styles. this can explain why the documentation of Nubian ICH become urgently needed. This study aims at identification and documentation of the key authentic Nubian ICH elements of the local community who live in Bigeh Island in Aswan, Egypt. Three focus group discussions were conducted with a number of the Nubians who live in Bigeh Island to identify the ICH of the local community. Also comprehensive reading of many published references and other reliable internet sources to get more information about these elements.