12 episodes

What happens to a place when the cultures within it change over time? Lost Cultures: Living Legacies, a new podcast from Travel + Leisure, spotlights destinations that have experienced significant cultural shifts throughout history. We reveal how they build upon and complement one another, while preserving their traditions. Through conversations with archeologists, academics, artists, and local members of the communities, we recount the evolution of these enduring cultures from their beginnings to modern day. Upcoming episodes feature the Ainu in Japan, the Maya in Mexico, the Tongva in California, the Nubians in Egypt, and many more. New episodes every Wednesday starting April 19.

Lost Cultures: Living Legacies Travel + Leisure

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 82 Ratings

What happens to a place when the cultures within it change over time? Lost Cultures: Living Legacies, a new podcast from Travel + Leisure, spotlights destinations that have experienced significant cultural shifts throughout history. We reveal how they build upon and complement one another, while preserving their traditions. Through conversations with archeologists, academics, artists, and local members of the communities, we recount the evolution of these enduring cultures from their beginnings to modern day. Upcoming episodes feature the Ainu in Japan, the Maya in Mexico, the Tongva in California, the Nubians in Egypt, and many more. New episodes every Wednesday starting April 19.

    Cajuns & Creoles: The Stunningly Adaptive People of South Louisiana

    Cajuns & Creoles: The Stunningly Adaptive People of South Louisiana

    Cadie. Acadie. Acadian. Cajun. Acadiana. These words are part of the history and culture that developed in south Louisiana over the course of the last three centuries. They're an integral part of telling their story — but they can't do it alone. Combining elements from various peoples who traveled from several continents, this mix of cultures is so unique, even a gumbo metaphor isn't complex enough to describe it. Professor Barry Ancelet, musician Louis Michot, and entrepreneur Marie Dacote-Comeaux guide us through the distinctive fusion of tradition and history of the Cajun and Creole people of south Louisiana — and explain how recent efforts have helped to revitalize and popularize their culture, largely in response to concerted efforts to suppress it for several decades before.

    Alisha Prakash - Host / Associate Editorial Director, Travel + Leisure

    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer

    Jeremiah McVay - Writer, Producer, & Audio Editor

    Dominique Arciero - Audio Engineer

    Stacey Leasca - Researcher

    Kyle Avallone - Fact-checker

    Reviewed by Bryan A'Hearn - Panelist, Dotdash Meredith’s Anti-Bias Review Board.

    Thanks to Mackenzie Price - Director of Anti-Bias Initiatives.

    Jennifer Del Sole - Director for Audio Growth Strategy & Operations

    Nina Ruggiero - Digital Editorial Director, Travel + Leisure

    Maya Kachroo-Levine - Luxury and Experiences Editor, Travel + Leisure.



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Taino: A Constantly Evolving Caribbean Identity

    The Taino: A Constantly Evolving Caribbean Identity

    When researcher Jorge Estevez visited the Smithsonian as a boy, he saw a sign that stated his people had “disappeared” four centuries before. How did this claim become conventional wisdom? To get to know the history of the Taino people is to understand the effects of brutal colonization combined with historical misinformation — and the process of cultural fusion, which created a people with roots tied to indigenous Caribbean, European, and African ancestors. Estevez guides us through the story of the Taino people, while Irka Mateo explains some of their spiritual beliefs. Meanwhile, Valerie Varga, Estevez’s wife, shares some of the destinations that are important to the Taino along with tips on how to visit them as a mindful tourist.

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    • 43 min
    The Nubians of Egypt: Preserving a Lost Homeland

    The Nubians of Egypt: Preserving a Lost Homeland

    How is it that people belonging to one of the oldest civilizations in the world have lost so much of their ancestral homeland? What steps must they take to preserve their culture in the face of such challenging circumstances? Anthropologist Yasmin Moll and Dr. Menna Agha, along with Mona Sherif-Nelson, founder of the Nubian Foundation, share the history of the Nubian people of Egypt, delve into the ways women played a central role in their culture, and address how modernization has forced them to scatter across the country and the world. They discuss how, as they venture into the future, the Nubian people of today are adapting and finding creative ways to keep their culture alive and connected to its past.

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    • 52 min
    The Rapa Nui: The Actual Name of Easter Island and its People

    The Rapa Nui: The Actual Name of Easter Island and its People

    You’ve likely heard of “Easter Island” and the giant stone statues that famously reside there, confounding people who can’t understand how people could have made and moved them so long in the past. But did you know that the island and the people that live here are actually called Rapa Nui? Or that the artistry and engineering of those statues are a key reason that the people there were able to survive on such a remote island with limited resources? Filmmaker and member of the Rapa Nui community Sergio Mata’u Rapu and Professor Carl Lipo share the history and culture of the Rapa Nui and how the people living there today – or in the far flung diaspora – still rely on the lessons of their ancestors today.

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    • 50 min
    Encore: The Undiscovered Story of NYC's Lower East Side

    Encore: The Undiscovered Story of NYC's Lower East Side

    New York City’s Lower East Side has been home to many communities, from the Lenape to Dutch and English colonizers to an influx of groups from Europe, China, Puerto Rico, and the American South. How has each arrival and exodus affected the neighborhood — not just in terms of size, but also sustained cultural impact? The Tenement Museum's Dolan Cochran guides us through the history of the Lower East Side, shedding light on the indelible marks each group has left, making it a culturally rich destination for travelers from around the world. Actor Luis Guzmán also joins us to share memories of growing up in the neighborhood. Plus, we’ll offer recommendations from both Cochran and Guzman on the neighborhood gems to visit on your next trip.

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    • 42 min
    The Picts: The Mysterious Painted People of Scotland

    The Picts: The Mysterious Painted People of Scotland

    Of all the cultures covered on this podcast, why did the Picts come closest to actually being lost? How did these "painted people" from what is now known as Scotland largely disappear from the historical record? Fascinating recent discoveries have helped people to better understand this tribe, who the Romans once faced with fear on the fields of the British Isles. Guests Tim Clarkson and Gordon Noble share what history is known about the Picts of Scotland, as well as theories that are guiding current research — including the fact that this once nearly lost culture may have plenty of living legacies after all.

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Uttzey ,

Love this podcast!

The first episode I listened to was about the Taino. It’s a topic that’s especially important to me as I lived in Puerto Rico for a couple of years. I absolutely loved hearing (and learning) more about the culture of an island that is forever inside my heart.

Nicc878 ,

Beautifully told, fantastic research

I would’ve thought all these cultures were completely lost to time. It’s remarkable to hear from the peoples themselves!

Francesca St. James ,

No white washing here

I’ve listened to other “history and culture” podcasts but they are often told from the usual white/colonial perspective; this podcast is different! The sources of information are told by the descendants of each culture with amazing detail! I gave this a 5 star rating because I would not have easily found such a rich trove of information, I feel as if I have found a fresh spring of water in a bone dry desert. Thank you so much for the outstanding work put into this podcast, I can feel the love!

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