Re: Saving the ethnosphere

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    on 5/1/02 5:03 AM, Trupeljak Ozren at wrote:


    > Exactly. They are Americans now, instead of being a Chickasaws. A
    > complete culture has been lost, and replaced with another. If this was
    > the only case in the U.S., no big problem. But this happened to a few
    > hundred other Native cultures in U.S., and from a certain point of view
    > it is actually quite terrible.

    Yes. Now, the ugliest part of the story of the destruction of American
    Indian societies is well in the past. It happened, there's nothing we can
    do about it. And I'm certainly not interested in rehashing those events.

    But, the article that started this conversation is about what is happening
    now to hundreds or thousands of societies and cultures. And some
    significant number of those cases -- I really don't know how many -- involve
    coercion (economic, political) and violence. What I find disturbing about
    this conversation is people's willingness to think of this as an impersonal
    and natural process that has little impact on people's lives.


    William L. Benzon, Ph. D. 708 Jersey Avenue, Apt. 2A Jersey City, NJ 07302 201 217-1010

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