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
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 15:05
  • Another option is "cultural curator."
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented May 6, 2015 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
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 4:49

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You might want to try this simple word: culturalist. It has a similar meaning to what you're trying to express here:

Wiktionary says that a culturalist subscribes to culturalism, which is "a belief system that emphasizes the role of culture."

  • 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
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 17:02
  • @roviuser MSEnglish != actual English :)
    – Chad
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 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
    Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 1:14

The term I would use is cultural preservationist.

Per Law Insider, this involves "the desire to protect and conserve the beliefs, practices, values, customs, traditions, or social behavior significant to a particular group of people."

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    +1. Or simply "preservationist."
    – SAH
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 4:45

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