Cultural Heritage

Delve into the rich tapestry of humanity’s cultural heritage, encompassing arts, history, and beyond.

With over 3,800 distinct cultures worldwide, as cataloged by anthropologists and recorded in Price’s Atlas of Ethnographic Societies—a number potentially underestimated—we can only begin to fathom the profound influence of these myriad cultural legacies across the globe.

Cultural heritage, as defined by Wikipedia, comprises the tangible and intangible assets inherited by a society from past generations. Not all remnants of the past qualify as “heritage”; rather, heritage emerges through societal selection.

This expansive term encompasses a vast array of elements, including customs, beliefs, rituals, arts, music, and more, shaping culture and behavior. It extends to practices related to the natural environment, religious and scientific traditions, language, cuisine, and even cyber cultures in the digital realm. Emerging cultures of the present are poised to become the heritage of the future.

Below, discover a diverse array of cultural heritage assets, ranging from the architectural influences of Indigenous communities to the impact on fashion, cuisine, and beyond. These narratives also shed light on historical events, viewed through the lens of contemporary society.

  • The rich culture and heritage of the Cherokee people and the story of their forced removal from their homeland is sometimes lost amid undifferentiated accounts of indigenous people in the United States. Three stops along the Georgia section of the Trail of Tears, a National Park Service site that documents the Cherokee journey, will dispel any ignorance about their distinctive history.

  • Sri Lanka has emerged as the "it" destination, catering to visitors of all kind. The island nation, with its warm, welcoming people, abundant wildlife, hidden beaches, and quaint mountain hamlets, packs a hefty punch for its small size.

  • Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

    Entering the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum through the Visitors Center and Gift Shop, my tour began at the Place of Meditation.  Designed as a place for veterans to meditate, this section also serves as the final resting place for Eisenhower and his beloved wife, Mamie along with their first-born son, Doug Dwight Eisenhower who died as a young child.

  • The last of the sun’s rays fade behind the Aravalli mountain range leaving a heavenly afterglow. A somber melody with rhythmic rhapsodies reverberates down the vast expanse of the plains of Ranthambore and fades away beyond the mountains. It is fascinating to watch how skillfully Tularam plays the Ravanhatha, one of the world’s oldest stringed instruments. The red-turbaned 50-something man swiftly moves his fingers on the holes of the protracted wind. He also uses a curved bow to play the folk instrument and the plaintive melody seems to synchronize perfectly with the twilight hues.

  • 68th United Nations General Assembly. Inside the UN General Assembly.

    World Footprints was honored to attend the opening day of the 68th annual United Nations General Assembly in New York. This prestigious event began with a warm welcome from the Secretary General

  • Lyon, France, is the nation’s second-largest city, strategically located between Paris and Marseille. While it is celebrated as the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon offers an abundance of attractions beyond its culinary delights. The city is steeped in history and culture, making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a rich and immersive experience.

  • The tragic tale of the RMS Titanic has captivated the world like no other maritime disaster. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage to New York City. Four days into the journey, at 11:40 PM on April 14, the ship struck an iceberg. In a matter of two hours and forty minutes, the unsinkable sank into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly a century has passed, with countless books, articles, and movies like "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," "A Night to Remember," and the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" recounting, romanticizing, and dramatizing the ship's fateful end.

  • In an age where digital information is readily available, libraries still offer a unique and invaluable research experience. Not only are they repositories of accurate information, but they are also masterpieces of architectural beauty. Here’s a look at some of the most stunning libraries around the globe.

  • With the rise in sustainability awareness and a growing curiosity about food origins, agritourism has emerged as a captivating travel trend. From olive oil harvesting in Italy to rice planting in Japan, these experiences connect travelers with the land and traditions that sustain our diets.

  • Arizona Slot Canyons

    Every year, visitors flock to Page, Arizona, near the Utah border to marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of the Arizona slot canyons on the Navajo Reservation. The Southwest is known for these naturally occurring winding canyons, and the ones in Arizona are particularly magnificent.

  • Traveling as a vegetarian can sometimes be challenging, but some countries stand out for their exceptional vegetarian-friendly options. Here’s a look at some top destinations for vegetarian travelers:

  • On July 4th, the nation sings Happy birthday to the United States of America.  This summer day is Independence Day in the US and one of the busiest travel and tourism holidays in North America. Flights coming to America and from coast to coast are full.  Hotels in the top July 4th destinations are packed and restaurants are busy preparing for the influx of guests. Every city in the 50 United States celebrate the July 4th holiday with fireworks because of the importance of this day to America's history.