Top 10 Intangible Cultural Heritages recognized by UNESCO in the United States

Wednesday, 13/12/2023 | 21:35 UTC-5

The United States has several cultural practices and elements that have been recognized by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage.

  1. Jazz:

    • Recognized for its improvisational nature and cultural significance, jazz has been acknowledged by UNESCO for its impact on music worldwide.

      Jazz

  2. Thanksgiving Day:

    • The cultural practices associated with Thanksgiving, a significant American holiday, have been recognized for their cultural and historical importance. 

      Thanksgiving Day

  3. Native American Basketry Skills:

    • The traditional basket-making skills of Native American communities have been acknowledged by UNESCO for their cultural significance and craftsmanship.

      Native American Basketry Skills

  4. Hip Hop Culture:

    • UNESCO recognized the cultural significance of hip hop, including its music, dance, and visual arts elements, as a global phenomenon originating in the United States.

      Hip Hop Culture

  5. Cajun and Zydeco Music:

    • The musical traditions of Cajun and Zydeco communities in Louisiana have been recognized for their unique cultural expressions.

      Cajun and Zydeco Music

  6. Traditional Mexican Cuisine in the United States:

    • The traditional Mexican cuisine, which is an integral part of American culture, has been acknowledged by UNESCO for its cultural importance.

      Traditional Mexican Cuisine in the United States

  7. Pueblo of Acoma Pottery Making:

    • The pottery-making traditions of the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico have been recognized for their cultural and artistic significance.

      Pueblo of Acoma Pottery Making

  8. Cultural Practices of the Lenni-Lenape:

    • The Lenni-Lenape people's cultural practices, including storytelling and oral traditions, have been acknowledged for their cultural importance.

      Cultural Practices of the Lenni Lenape

  9. Sacred Harp Singing:

    • This traditional form of choral music, particularly associated with the Southern United States, has been recognized by UNESCO.

      Sacred Harp Singing

  10. Cherokee Language:

    • The preservation efforts and cultural significance of the Cherokee language have been acknowledged as an important intangible cultural heritage.

      Cherokee Language

For the most up-to-date and accurate information, I recommend checking the official UNESCO website or other authoritative sources for the latest listings of intangible cultural heritage in the United States.

Related: Top 15 most famous cultural festivals in the world

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Are there any Unesco World Heritage Sites in the USA?

The World Heritage Convention, the most widely accepted international conservation treaty in human history, is the American national park idea being carried out worldwide. Currently there are 25 World Heritage Sites within the United States.

What are the Unesco representative list of intangible culture?

The 14 other elements from India that have been inscripted to UNESCO's representative list of ICH are Ramlila; yoga; vedic chanting; Kutiyattam, Sanskrit theatre of Kerala; Ramman, religious festival and ritual theatre of the Garhwal Himalayas; Mudiyettu, ritual theatre and dance drama of Kerala; Kalbelia folk songs

Which country has the most Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage?

China

UNESCO lists by country

Rank Country No. of elements inscribed by UNESCO
1 China 43
2 Turkey 30
3 France 28
4 Spain 25

What are the first 2 Unesco World Heritage Site in the USA?

The first sites in the United States added to the list were Mesa Verde National Park and Yellowstone National Park, both at the second session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Washington, D.C., in 1978. The most recent site listed is the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in 2023.

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