My dear child does not sow, does not reap,
Only holds the mallet and carves marbles
Folk Song of Tinos
Marble-carving is a craft that dates back at least in the 14th c AD. It is interwooven with the island of Tinos and especially with the Panormos community, providing local people with a strong sense of historical and cultural identity. The film was created in order to support the inscription of the Tinian Marble craftmanship in the Representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO, 2003).
Yiannis N. Drinis has studied History and Folklore at the University of Ioannina, Greece, and Social Anthropology (Master of Arts) at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Great Britain. In 2013 he obtained his PhD in Folklore from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He is head of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intercultural Relations, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. He is particularly interested in space and place anthropology, ritual and religion, kinship systems in rural Greece and intangible cultural heritage.