Authorized Heritage Discourse: Rice Terraces

Authorized Heritage Discourse

When it comes to key terms surrounding the topic of heritage, or world heritage sites, one can be easily mistaken. In this case, authorized heritage discourse, is full of meaning. To begin with, what is discourse? Discourse constructs and represents knowledge, and knowledge is power. Therefore, discourse is a very important part to the criteria of a world heritage site. In our society today, everyone fights for power and in order for a site to be added to the list it needs to be of authorized heritage discourse. Also, discourse is very similar to culture it is the way we talk, discuss, perceive, and understand things. Altogether, authorized heritage discourse is a practice of the way things are done. Authorized heritage discourse, defines who the spokesperson for the past are, and it gives importance, inheritance, and patrimony. By this it means that it freezes heritage in time and creates a partial meaning. Similar to stereotypes, it puts a label on things. An example of authorized heritage discourse would be the Rice Terraces of Ifugao in the Philippines.

The Rice Terraces of Ifugao are located in the northern Philippines, and they are divided into four clusters. The first cluster is in the town of Banaue, the second is located in Mayoyao, the third is in Kiangan, and lastly the fourth is in Hungduan. The terraces were added to the world heritage list in 1995, and they met the third, fourth, and fifth criteria. They are known not only for their beauty and genius architectural skill, but also for their intangible heritage. An immense amount of cultural background is attached to this site. They have been practicing the same agricultural techniques for the past 2000 years. Modernization has not affected the terraces and their people.

Authorized heritage discourse is displayed in this site because, it is referred to as a trademark of the Ifugao culture. When people hear the term “Ifugao”, they instantly make the connection to the Rice Terraces. The province of Ifugao is put on the map because of the terraces being added to the world heritage site list. In addition to this site displaying authorized heritage discourse, it is the most Filipino monument, free of foreign influence. Therefore, it is fair to say it is 100% Filipino, most of their monuments are influenced greatly by outsiders. Yet, this is why the rice terraces are the trademark for the Ifugao people.

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12 Responses to Authorized Heritage Discourse: Rice Terraces

  1. anunez35 says:

    Explaining what discourse is in your first paragraph was very good. I also found your example to be interesting. The Rice terraces seem to fit your main point very well.

  2. brodrigues2 says:

    I really liked how you broke down the definition of authorized heritage discourse, made very clear so readers cannot get confused with other ways of explaining heritage or culture. I also liked how you defined your topic of authorized heritage and then provided the example of rice terraces and went into great detail on how authorized heritage discourse is displayed, for example, the trademark ‘ ifugao”.

  3. rramirez46 says:

    I enjoyed reading your post on the authorized heritage discourse and how you were able to relate it to the rice terraces in the Philippines. You were able to explain authorized heritage discourse well enough for readers to understand and gave an interesting account on the site.

  4. nlenriquez says:

    I liked the way you connected authorized heritage discourse to different points in culture. Also I enjoyed reading the information you provided about the Philippine Terraces. It was very interesting post and easy enough to understand.

  5. mbrooks8 says:

    Although rice usually has the stereotype of being from China, this is a good informative p ost that other countries also include as an aspect of their heritage. It is also common knowledge that Filipino culture has includes numerous influences and assimilation from other culture. Therefore, this post is excellent as it points out an aspect of Filipino preserved without outside influence.

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  7. anunez35 says:

    I like how you first stated the definition of discourse. Reading further on, I like how you discuss the importance of discourse, and why it is needed. The photographs you provided show how spectacular the rice terraces are. Overall I you have an excellent post.

  8. jortega95 says:

    I really liked the first paragraph. I feel it was effective in introducing the concept of Authorized Heritage Discourse and the role it plays in World Heritage It also helped me understand your reasons for using the The Rice Terraces of Ifugao as an example. Knowledge is definitely power and is often times forgotten.

  9. mgoldberg4 says:

    Since I also wrote a blog post in regards to Authorized Heritage Discourse I gained a lot of knowledge about the topic by doing so. I think you did a very good job detailing important attributes in regards to authorized heritage discourse. As we learned in class it is a very controversial topic and most people aren’t even aware of the severity it has on the analysis of heritage.

  10. olayinkaoredola says:

    Very interesting.

  11. rstadnitskiy says:

    I thought that you did a good job of introducing this viewpoint. As well as using the rice terraces in the Philippines when you discussed its implication with authorized heritage discourse.

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