Cultural heritage and local ecological knowledge under threat: Two Caribbean examples from Barbuda and Puerto Rico
Rebecca Boger, Sophia Perdikaris, Isabel Rivera-Collazo

While the impacts to the infrastructures in Barbuda and Puerto Rico by Hurricanes Irma and Maria have received attention in the news media, less has been reported about the impacts of these catastrophic events on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of these Caribbean islands. This report provides an assessment of the impacts on the cultural heritage by these storms; tangible heritageincludeshistoricbuildings, museums, monuments, documents and other artifacts and intangible heritageincludestraditionalartistry, festivities, and more frequent activities such as religious services and laundering. While the physical destruction was massive, the social contexts in which these islands existed lessened the resiliency of the people to respond and rebuild after the storms. While change may be inevitable for Barbuda and Puerto Rico, disaster capitalism is threatening the cultures of the people, and may result in the loss of local knowledge and practices.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jaa.v7n2p1