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At 10:18 PM 5/03/02 +0000, you wrote:
>Yes we do seem to anthropormorphise about 'native' populations. I see little
>difference between their behaviours WRT the enviroment vs resource need that
>we have today. The problem is when laws are drafted to support this Golden
>Age. The saga of Kennewick man and the tribes that claim him as an elder is
>a case in point.
This is taking the dehumanising of "native populations" to the limits. Even
as we emerge from the dark ages of an assumption of white supremacy it is
unnecessary to anthropomorphise those who are clearly human. Also,
generalisations on the behaviours of 'natives' are ludicrous. It would have
been more accurate to have ended your second sentence after the third word.
If you would care to rectify your misconceptions, check out Knudson and
Suzuki's Wisdom of the Elders. You will find that there was a vast spread
of practices in relation to resource use, most of them sustainable.
More in sorrow than in anger
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