Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

Storytelling in Montafon

Applicant: Dr. MMag. Edith Hessenberger, MMag. Michael Kasper, Bürgermeister Rudi Lerch
Province: Vorarlberg
Domain: Oral Traditions
Year of inclusion: 2012

In Montafon, a mountain valley in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg, narrative communities have originated from the locals’ daily communication. The contents, moral concepts and patterns of their local legends and tales date back to the 19th and 20th century. Today, this tradition of storytelling is still an integral element of the local community, cherished both on a daily basis as well as on special occasions. Numerous cultural initiatives and tradition bearers in Montafon actively contribute to the collection and preservation of this local narrative tradition, which as well has been of interest to researchers since the 19th century.