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Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf

UNESCO: List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding - 2011 URL: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/USL/00534 Description: Iranian Lenj vessels are traditionally hand-built from wood and are used by inhabitants of the northern coast of the Persian Gulf for sea journeys, trading, fishing and pearl diving. The traditional knowledge surrounding Lenjes includes oral literature, performing arts and festivals, in addition to the sailing and navigation techniques and terminology and weather forecasting, and the skills of wooden boat-building. Today, wooden Lenjes are being replaced by cheaper fibreglass substitutes and the philosophy, culture and traditional knowledge of sailing in the Persian Gulf are gradually fading. Country(ies): Iran (Islamic Republic of) ? Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (2010 & 2011) Duration: 00:10:00 - Support: DVD (0053400029)
Length: 10:01

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