I'm searching for the word for someone who believes in the preservation of other people's cultures. Does anyone know of a good word for this? I don't think "anthropologist" is a good word, as that indicates the study of the cultures, but people can have this belief without studying them.

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    I can't distill this into a proper answer, but you may find inspiration at the following Wikipedia articles: Antiquarian, Cultural heritage preservation, and Careers in historic preservation ... – HaL Sep 15 '11 at 15:05
  • Another option is "cultural curator." – Sven Yargs May 6 '15 at 23:26
  • Of the existing answers I think "preservationist" is the best. Additionally, I would suggest "[cultural] conservator" or, more freely, "cultural conservationist." All these terms, however, should probably be accompanied by an explanation of how exactly you are using them, since they are not really standard terms for this thing, as far as I know. One more problem is that these terms (especially my "conservator") may suggest some activity toward this goal, not merely belief in it--so, again, be sure to explain your use. – SAH May 26 '16 at 4:49

Well, you might want to try this simple word, culturalist , which has similar meaning to what you try to express here.

source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culturalist

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  • Culturalist came to mind, but MSWord spellcheck didn't like it, so I thought maybe it was a word that I made up on my own. – xdumaine Sep 15 '11 at 17:02
  • @roviuser MSEnglish != actual English :) – Chad Sep 15 '11 at 18:09
  • Also you have the option to add new words to your MS Word dictionary so the spelling check will start liking it again :D – woodykiddy Sep 16 '11 at 1:14
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    Your link is behind a pay wall so unlikely to be helpful for most users. – z7sg Ѫ Sep 16 '11 at 17:54

The term I would use is cultural preservationist.

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  • +1. Or simply "preservationist." – SAH May 26 '16 at 4:45

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