LHRC collaboratively protects cultural heritage through research, capacity building, and education.

Living Heritage Research Council focuses on using applied anthropology in working with indigenous and traditional communities to protect and manage cultural heritage, while empowering communities and educating the public. LHRC conducts cultural research, provides communities technical assistance and capacity building opportunities, engages in public outreach and advocacy, and facilitates heritage preservation projects. 

LHRC is a proud partner of the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit (CESU).


LHRC Overview and core values

  • Living Heritage Research Council (LHRC) fully commits to working with and assisting both indigenous and traditional communities through collaborative and innovative place-based ethnographic research projects. LHRC conducts collaborative research projects that account for community sovereignty, cultural sensitivities, and goals. Our researchers have worked in communities across North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

  • LHRC focuses on assisting communities to achieve their heritage goals. LHRC believes that while working with human communities, giving back to partner communities remains essential. Giving back can take on many forms including presenting research findings to the community, pursuing community identified project recommendations, assisting in youth education efforts, giving public lectures, and providing technical support or capacity building.

  • LHRC strives to assist communities as needed with technical support. LHRC researchers have extensive experience working with communities in response to potential development or conservation projects. Researchers are versed in environmental, cultural resource management, and heritage law, as well as social impact assessment as a research tool. We seek to apply our technical experience to protecting communities’ heritage resources.

  • LHRC further commits to empowering indigenous and traditional community members. LHRC provides technical training to community members, including involving community members in data collection and analysis. Additionally, LHRC prioritizes the opportunity for community members to find increasing employment opportunities and leadership roles within and outside of LHRC. Empowerment and technical training for community members provides communities greater employment opportunities and ability to manage heritage resources, as well as contributing diverse perspectives to the field of anthropology.

  • LHRC also provides internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students so they can gain valuable research and experiential learning experiences. LHRC believes that students who are exposed to research early in their college and graduate school careers will become better scholars and researchers, ultimately improving anthropology and its impact.

  • LHRC believes that anthropology has a greater impact when the voices of the involved communities tell their own story. Community words and knowledge should be what drives the research and shapes the outcomes. While LHRC serves as project researchers and facilitators, we believe our voice comes second to that of community cultural experts.

  • LHRC possesses collaborative skills and implements place-based methodologies that can be applied to a range of communities worldwide. We look forward to supporting communities our researchers have worked with in the past, as well as learning from new communities in protecting and managing their heritage and cultural landscapes.