Problem

Elimination of traditional skills

Other Names:
Vanishing artistic skills
Disappearing technology
Forgotten primitive crafts
Endangered craftsmanship
Unprofitable former skills
Low-paying skills
Disoriented traditional occupations
Unappreciated handicraft skill
Unnecessary craft skills
Unprofitable traditional skills
Incidence:

When Andean hammered gold objects were recently examined more closely by an archaeologist, the museum artefacts were found to be gilded with an incredibly thin layer of gold using a chemical technique that achieved the quality of modern electroplating. The distinctive forked-bow design of the open-ocean kayak used by Aleut Indians synthesizes extraordinary elements into a boat which defies the apparent speed and strength limits of such a craft. It is now influencing the shape of modern sport kayaks and racing yachts. It is still baffling how many ancient architectural monuments, such as the pyramids, were constructed; or how ancient peoples navigated across oceans using their knowledge of the currents and the feel of intermittent waves that bounce off distant islands.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
20.05.2019 – 15:39 CEST