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Cultural Qualities are not necessarily expressed in the landscape; rather, culture encompasses all aspects of a community's life.

Cultural Qualities are not necessarily expressed in the landscape; rather, culture encompasses all aspects of a community's life. Cultural information about a community includes:
  • Geography - Settlement patterns; climatic influences on building styles; place names, stories, and legends;
  • Economy - Occupations, products, training, yearly cycles, land use patterns, material culture;
  • Community Life - Civic and religious buildings, institutions, customs, and rituals, especially aspects of immigrant culture;
  • Domestic Life - Households, housing styles, foods, gender and age roles, family traditions;
  • Artistic Genres - Folklore, music, customs, legends, dance, drama, games, music, art, architecture, crafts, dress, and costumes.

Info tab Icon -- National Scenic Byways Program , Federal Highway Administration
Byway Beginnings: Understanding, Inventorying, and Evaluating a Byway's Intrinsic Qualities



Article Icon NEPA for Cultural Resource Managers
This page and its links are designed to help people concerned about cultural resources understand how the review of Federal projects under NEPA works. It also may help officials engaged in NEPA review understand how cultural resources, and the laws that govern them, can be addressed in environmental impact analyses under NEPA.
--  National Preservation Institute

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