Heritage by Hand proposes a means of categorizing the health or risk of endangerment of a particular craft tradition and supports communities in maintaining their traditions. While the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has conceived of The Red List, which determines seven categories of threatened species within an ecosystem, we propose the following categories for the collections that we share with our customers, who in the end are collaborating with us to maintain the cultural and artistic diversity of the communities where we work.
2. In Decline (Older culture bearers throughout community practice the craft but little interest in younger generations to learn or practice the craft. Craft sales in decline.)
3. Vulnerable (Fewer culture bearers (define threshold?) throughout community practice the craft. Minimal craft sales.)
4. Under Imminent Threat (less than 5-10 culture bearers left practicing the craft. Almost no craft sales.)
5. Lost Tradition (functionally extinct tradition) (ex.: my Patagonian berry picking baskets- tradition lost in the past 15 years. I have the last baskets that were made practically.)