Intangible heritage is comprised of a set of traditions that are passed down in ones culture though word of mouth or as a set of traditions. Because intangible heritage is passed down though word of mouth or though actions such as teaching a dance, a persons memory and their perception of these actions becomes a key point in an intangible heritage.
An example of this intangible heritage would be though the Great Barrier Reef. Before the European colonization of Australia, there were tons of aboriginal peoples living around the coast of the Great Barrier Reef, but after the European’s colonized Australia, they pushed the aboriginal peoples out of their land and towards different areas of Australia. As the aboriginal peoples moved out of their homes near the Great Barrier Reef, they left many of their traditions with them. They had to leave their traditional wooden canoes and wooden fishing tools and were forced to live in other areas.
Over time, Australia became more industrialized with caused the indigenous people’s heritage to be lost even further as they replaced their traditional gear with synthetic finishing nets and motorized boats.
Recently, there have been a few attempts to restoring the indigenous people’s heritage around the Great Barrier Reef. This is made true though the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act in 1975 and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations in 1983 which tries relive restrictions around the Great Barrier Reef which will allow the Indigenous peoples to be able to go back to the Great Barrier Reef and start fishing in the area again. It also granted the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority with the power to protect the culture and heritage values of the areas around the Great Barrier Reef.
This is all-important because the Indigenous peoples of Australia has lost their heritage due to the European colonization and over time lost their culture as they replaced their traditions with more modernized tools. Because it has been almost 200 years since the European colonization, the memories of the new Australians may now have a more skewed or modern belief of their heritage. The two acts which attempt to restore their heritage has allowed them to go back to the traditional hunting grounds to practice their heritage, but once something was lost, and it is regained, it will never be the same.
As people’s thoughts become bombarded with modern ideals and ever-changing values, the way we think of the past is quickly changing from something meaningful to something that is just used to pass a class. Looking at the events which caused the indigenous people’s heritage to go away, we can conclude that as an area becomes more industrialized and people are moved away from their homes, their ability to retain their heritage goes away as their beliefs change and their memories of intangible events become lost.