Internets impact on local history.
The internet has made the world smaller in a way, bringing information instantly from the hole world in to our living room. We are no longer only citizens of our country, but citizens of the world. This givs us the oppotuniti to let the rest of the world get to know how we live our life for instans in my contry, Norway. A cople a years ago I found a web site called World heritage. In the UNESCO project World heritage they say "Reflecting the natural and cultural wealth that belongs to all of humanity, World Heritage sites and monuments constitute crucial landmarks for our world. They symbolize the consciousness of states and peoples of the significance of these places and reflect their attachment to collective ownership and to the transmission of this heritage to future generations." I think this is a great project that shows the whole world that local culture is important for the whole world. Unesco has made a list over the worlds natural and cultural inheritage. Norway have seven areas on this list, and among this is Vegaøyene. My grandmother was born on one of these islands, Skjærvær. The most especially whit these islands are the goose feather collecting that has been going on for ages.
Dunsanking på Vegaøyene
This is a task I wrote last year in social sciences course, about collecting goose feathers in the World Heritage Area, Vegaøyene.
The internet is an important tool to reach out to people over the world. Beaucase of this publicity tourists flock to the Vegaøyene. This is an youtube video showing the work of cleaning the goose feathers.
The people on one of the Island, Lånan, has even managed to make buisniss from the publishing on the internet. Lånan let tourist come to the Island and experienc how life was 100 years ago. They also have a internett shop where you can buy duvets, jewelry,dishes and clothing. You can also rent your own stone house, with a eider in for a season (may and june).
They will send you pictures and in e-mail tell you how things are getting on in your stone house every week. This is an unik oppotunety for people from all over the world to follow a ancient tradition closely and maby they will bring it on to their children again. I think it is a really good thing that so many people can learn about ancient cultures by just surfing on the internet. Maybye you learned somthing reading this ?
Have a nice day !