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PEDROTTA, Victoria; TANCREDI, Mariela; MARIANO, Mercedes  and  ENDERE, María Luz. Weaving knowledge: ntangible heritage, identity and social valuation: the case of Ercilia Cestac. Runa [online]. 2013, vol.34, n.1, pp.91-112. ISSN 1851-9628.

New theoretical perspectives concerning cultural heritage have broadened its scope and have led to value intangible heritage as a source of diversity, identity and creativity as well as a way to recognize the practices and knowledge of individuals and groups involved. In this context, the article presents the case of Ercilia Moreira de Cestac a recently deceased descendant of Manuel Grande´s indigenous tribe. She devoted her life to preserve and reproduce ancestral knowledge and techniques concerning textile art. For this reason she was declared "living heritage person" of the city of Azul and "living cultural heritage" of the province of Buenos Aires. This paper aims to analyze and discuss the challenges that the "unique" character of her testimony presents to regional intangible heritage, as well as the complexity and richness of the social valuation processes involved.

Keywords : Intangible Heritage; Textile Art; Indigenous Heritage; Social Valuation; Regional History.

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