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Preserving & Documenting Bedouin Cultural Heritage

by Bedouins Without Borders
Preserving & Documenting Bedouin Cultural Heritage
Preserving & Documenting Bedouin Cultural Heritage
Preserving & Documenting Bedouin Cultural Heritage
Preserving & Documenting Bedouin Cultural Heritage


This project aims to raise the capacity of 20 Bedouin youth from different parts of Palestine, to preserve and document the Bedouin cultural heritage through the "Guardians of the Desert" program. By supporting youth in learning skills to document oral history through videos, photos, interviews, and preserve the folklore by learning songs and dances to showcase in different events and transfer this knowledge from generation to generation.

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Bedouin cultural heritage and history has often been overlooked by historians. In Palestine, there is no effort to document and preserve this knowledge. What remains is oral history that is eroding as people grow older, and as many Bedouins move to live in cities, to keep up with modernization, as their lifestyle makes it difficult to generate income in today's life.


This project supports the documentation and preservation of Bedouin cultural heritage, through documenting oral history. This will involve documenting stories about cultural practices, daily life, uses of herbs, raising animals, surviving harsh weather conditions, as well as, songs, dances, and events. Targeting Bedouin youth to document all these aspects with the use of modern technology, will raise their capacities, and provides them with livelihood opportunities, all while preserving history.

Long-Term Impact

This project will support Bedouin youth in raising their skills and capacities in documentation, photography, videography, and conducting interviews with elderly people and historians. This will also provide an opportunity for income generating projects that will help create employment for youth, and integrate them in BWB programs, especially the guardians of the desert, which aims to create certified Bedouin tour guides, and welcome locals and internationals in learning about the Bedouins.


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Bedouin night for Palestinians in the Diaspora

Organization Information

Bedouins Without Borders

Location: Bethlehem Governorate - Palestine
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @BedouinSheikh
Project Leader:
Wisam Salah
Dar Salah, Palestine

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