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Khami

An un-inherited past
ByAshton Sinamai

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book analyses the creation of local and national memory in Zimbabwe. It also analyses the criteria for existing rationale in identification, nomination, management and conservation of national monuments and World Heritage sites in Zimbabwe. The book examines how issues of site context, culture and cultural change, identity, cultural diversity, cultural and human rights have shaped management policies of heritage sites like the Khami World Heritage Site. The book argues that the history of the nation and how that history is celebrated, as well as the contexts, in which a heritage place finds itself, determines how that heritage place will be managed. It explores how places become more important icons for the national narrative than others and how this affects the management of a nation's heritage sites in general.