reply to post by 0bserver1
Okay... I've read through a good chunk of this thread and I keep seeing comments like this. Know what it reminds me of?
The notion in the US and Canada that one can't "really" be an Indian unless you're "authentic" - that is, you can't be an Indian if you live
off the rez, wear socks, and don't have feathers in your hair.
Basically there's the expectation that we need to freeze-frame our
lives in a past time period, as determined by other people
THEY can enjoy seeing us be "authentic" like a museum peice or something.
"Oh, don't give them nutritious food, better tools, medicine, and a sense of a larger world, you'll just mess up their 'pure' culture!" strikes
me as the most selfish, paternalist load of horse crap anyone could ever say. You want them to keep scraping dirt for grubs and dying of malaria
because YOU think it's cool that they are so "primitive."
Trust me folks, if people didn't want to have machetes, cell phones, and razors... we wouldn't use them
. Just like how if you guys didn't
want corn, hygiene, and rhythm, you
wouldn't use them. We don't useholy wars, you don't use headhunting... see?
Cultures are not "corrupted." There is no moment of "pristine" - a culture is always growing and changing and interacting with other cultures it
meets, trading and discarding and developing ideas, tools, notions, and ways of doing things.