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Misappropriation and dilution of indigenous people’s cultural expression through the sale of their arts and crafts: should mMore be done?

Azmi, Ida Madieha and Ismail, Suzi Fadhilah and Abdul Jalil, Juriah and Hamzah, Hamimah and Daud, Mahyuddin (2015) Misappropriation and dilution of indigenous people’s cultural expression through the sale of their arts and crafts: should mMore be done? PERTANIKA Journals, 23. pp. 167-180. ISSN 0128-7702

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Abstract

Indigenous cultural expressions, a component of traditional cultural expressions (TCEs), are drawing tourists to Malaysia by their millions and hence are considered valuable resources that need to be preserved to ensure their sustainability. Equally valuable are the indigenous arts and handicrafts which are sold and traded by craft centres set by the government or by private sellers. Unfortunately, these arts and handicrafts have fallen prey to counterfeit and fakes. This paper examines national initiatives to regulate the sale of indigenous people’s arts and crafts as a means of constraining the misappropriation of these cultural expressions in Malaysia, and compares these initiatives with those in Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America. This paper uses the mixed methods of librarybased and qualitative research. The latter consists of unstructured, face-to-face interviews with respondents from selected communities of aborigines in Peninsular Malaysia as well as Sabah and Sarawak. The focus is to explore and understand the problem and to observe whether misappropriation and dilution are real issues within the indigenous people. Based on the information and data collected from the interviews, the problem of misappropriation proves to be a real threat to the sanctity of indigenous people’s cultural expression, in particular their arts and crafts. The paper concludes that Malaysia must adopt a multipronged approach including a range of laws to effectively curb the misappropriation of indigenous arts and crafts as well as preventing them from being diluted.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4708/52887
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traditional cultural expression, arts and crafts, indigenous people, cultural heritage
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Dr Suzi Fadhilah Ismail
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 09:41
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2016 09:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/52887

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