This chapter introduces a variety of ways of inventorying intangible cultural heritage, which is organizing and presenting information on ICH in a systematic way. Inventorying is often the first step in safeguarding living heritage, as it seeks a community agreement to identify the intangible cultural heritage before coming up with appropriate safeguarding measures. The community’s role is crucial in inventorying since they are the primary safeguarding agents, responsible for identifying their living heritage and defining which element needs to be prioritized for safeguarding. Without the proper role played by the communities and their close collaboration, no safeguarding measures/plans can be effectively carried out. A case of an inventorying project with proper community involvement is introduced.
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