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  • © UNESCO/R. Keating
  • Dressing of skins, handicrafts

Gambia has two cultural heritage sites on the World Heritage List, one of which – the James Island – is linked to slavery.

The country participates in work projects undertaken by the World Heritage Centre concerning Africa.

The Kankurang, Manding Initiatory Rite was proclaimed a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005. A safeguarding project was launched to protect this ritual which is also practised in Senegal.

UNESCO and Gambia also cooperate in the development of the book industry.

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