Michele sent me this interesting video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYX6wwtgwFg
It briefly doc**ents the Yami people, "an indigenous Polynesian tribe on the island
of Lanyu, 70 miles east off Taiwan" The video starts by showing how the Yami people to survive the strong winds built their houses below ground, which is pretty interesting. Then the focus of the piece becomes how the number of Yami people are dwindling, may of the youths leave the island and never return.
by the end the video was really about the loss of these people's culture. I have never felt a strong cultural heritage so maybe my perception is skewed but I don't feel bad about culture loss. Culture is something that always exists, it is a byproduct of our collective existence. If cultural traditions are forgotten I think that is because they weren't worth remembering. Ideas can become vestigial like anything else. So while I watch this video and do feel a little sad, I am not upset, I see what is happening as a shift that is necessary and inevitable.
On an aside about cultural change, the increased interaction between culturals has certainly accelerated our forgetfulness. I think that as we begin to form a global culture that we pick and choose subconsciously which ideas we like and which are going to be lost to the mist of time.