The Department of Culture and Sint Maarten National Commission (NatCom) for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports (MECYS), aims to identify, record and safeguard St. Maarten’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) by conducting a National ICH Inventory.  A National Inventory will enable the Government of Sint Maarten to determine the diverse cultural traditions that exist and create measures for their protection and continuity.  St. Maarten is an associate member of UNESCO and has decided to participate in this initiative as mandated by the UNESCO 2003 Convention on Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.  ICH is manifested in the following domains[1]:

​(a) oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;(b) performing arts;
(c) social practices, rituals and festive events;
(d) knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
(e) traditional craftsmanship

We hereby would like to invite you to participate in this anonymous Inventory Exercise. Please answer the questions to your best ability and provide an explanation where necessary. We thank you in advance for your participation.


  **Disclaimer: Please note that these questions reflect heritage that is ‘living’ and currently practiced on St. Maarten.**

[1] Text of the Convention. UNESCO. 2003.


(A) Oral Traditions and Expressions
(B) Performing Arts
(C) Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
(D) Knowledge and Practices concerning Nature and the Universe
(E) Traditional Craftsmanship
We sincerely thank you for your participation!