ᏗᎦᏘᏍᏗ: A word on cultural appropriation
I don’t think that Shakespeare is an appropriator because he didn’t appropriate the alphabet. His ancestors did. (Unless the alphabet was forced on Brits by the Romans, was it? I don’t know.) My point was that Romeo and Juliet could not have been written without appropriation at some point in history. R&J was actually a crappy example because I haven’t read it and don’t know anything about its history so the alphabet thing was all that I could come up with. I don’t know anything about the history of the alphabet, either, so I’m busted. But the point remains that no complex piece of culture has evolved independently of outside influences. Foreign influence is sometimes one of the most powerful promoters of the progression of culture. I’m sorry, I can’t give detailed examples since I don’t have a good enough knowledge of the details of history. So maybe my example was crappy but my point remains.
Though I think the part about their pants was my favourite.
Why was that your favorite? Maybe you are lacking in empathy.
“Foreign influence is sometimes one of the most powerful promoters of the progression of culture.”
Oh man, am I glad that I’ve been out most of the day. There’s really not a lot to add to the extensive critique others have already aimed at you, but really? Do you ever actually pause to think about what you’re saying before you let your mind lose on your blog?
Foreign influence in the Americas is what created the biggest genocide in history, with more than 90% of all Native Americans being decimated by colonialism. Foreign influence is also the very thing that created the Transatlantic Slave Trade which displaced and brutally murdered millions of Africans over hundreds of years and foreign influence is what to this day forces uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rain-forest to flee for their lives as murderous illegal loggers enter their traditional areas.
If you don’t know what you’re talking about, then don’t talk.
Anyway, I am sometimes nice, so here’s a book you can and should read before you say anything else about alphabets;
- Jensen, Hans (1970). Sign Symbol and Script. London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd.
And for your education in order for you to realise that you’re wrong when it comes to your belief that ‘foreign influence is sometimes one of the most powerful promoters of the progression of culture’ - here you go;
- Athia, Dr Renato et al (2007). Progress Can Kill: How Imposed Development Destroys the Health of Tribal Peoples. London: Survival International
- Bourne, R. (2003). Invisible Lives. Undercounted, Underrepresented and Underneath: The Socio-Economic Plightof Indigenous Peoples in the Commonwealth. Commonwealth Studies Unit: London.
- Kirmayer, LJ. and Valaskakis, G. (Eds.).The Mental Health of Canadian Aboriginal peoples: Transformations, Identity, and Community.University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver.
- Cook, D.N. (1998). Born to Die: Disease and New World Conquest, 1492-1650. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
- Dion Stout, M. and Kipling, G. (2003). Aboriginal people, Resilience and the Residential School Legacy. The Aboriginal Healing Foundation: Ottawa.
- Fell, N. (2005). Argentine Tribe Losing Battle Against ‘Silent Genocide’. Sunday Herald: Edinburgh.
- Hemming, J. (2003). Die if You Must: Brazilian Indians in the Twentieth Century. Macmillan: London.
- IWGIA. (1989). Paraguay. Ethnocide: Mission Accomplished? IWGIA: Copenhagen.
- Jasen, P. (1997). Race, Culture, and the Colonization of Childbirth in Northern Canada. Social History of Medicine 10(3), 383-400.
- Joe, J.R., Young, R. (1994). Diabetes as a Disease of Civilization: The Impact of Culture Change on Indigenous Peoples. Mouton de Gruyter: Berlin.
- Kirmayer, L., Brass, G. and Tait, C. (2000). The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples: Transformations of Identity and Community. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 45, 607-616
- Levang, P., Dounias, E., Sitorus, S. (2005). Out of the Forest, Out of Poverty? Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 15, 211-235.
- Rabben, L. (1998). Unnatural Selection: The Yanomami, the Kayapo and the Onslaughtof Civilisation. Pluto Press: London.
- Salazar, M. (2006). Indigenous People, Ignored Even by the Statistics. IPS News. 10 October 2006.
- Shephard, R.J. and Rode, A. (1996). The Health Consequences of ‘Modernization’: Evidence from Circumpolar Peoples. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.