The “Anticipatory Heritage” salons, organized by the Fellows of the American Folklore Society, considered how the heritage of the present can be employed proactively to create more just and humane futures. Participants discussed approaches for re-animating and revitalizing traditions through incorporating them integrally within community life. They include repatriation and training in archival and collecting practices that empower communities. While folklore has emphasized safeguarding traditions transmitted over generations, anticipatory heritage contends that looking to the future is also needed to advance social justice, heal through remembrance, and generate greater community cultural self-determination. As was the case for participants in all of the salons, these discussions stressed the importance of a critical approach toward heritage, including interrogating who controls heritage-making and, at times, questioned the term “heritage” itself.

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