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Author Bennett, P.H.
Year 1980
Title Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage: Nomination Submitted by Canada for Anthony Island
Address http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0004/000434/043417Eb.pdf
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Bennett, P.H.
1980 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage: Nomination Submitted by Canada for Anthony Island. Accessed from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0004/000434/043417Eb.pdf on .


This document is Canada’s nomination submission to have SGang Gwaay named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes a brief history of the site, including descriptions of prior initiatives to protect the site and its cultural artifacts – in particular the 1957 removal of some mortuary columns and totems for preservation, and future plans for management of the site. The submission gives a general profile of the site, which includes its coordinates, legal status, and the administration responsible for its protection, and then goes on to describe evidence of human occupation, including two caves, burial remains, shell middens, and the actual village site of SGang Gwaay. It also provides details of environmental degradation of the remaining artifacts at the site (especially of the mortuary columns and totem poles). This document is of great use for the information it provides about the site, but perhaps more importantly, it provides invaluable insight into SGang Gwaay’s cultural significance as Bennet argues that the site is a characteristic example of “a significant traditional style of architecture and human settlement” that represents important cultural, social, and artistic development, but is also vulnerable as a result of “irreversible socio-economic and cultural change.” The continuing cultural value and significance of SGang Gwaay is a very important aspect of this site, and so this nomination submission to obtain World Heritage Site status (a bid which was ultimately successful) provides an invaluable perspective.

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