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Culture heratige and the mist of time

Michele sent me this interesting video,


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.

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Comment by Nathaniel Fruchter on May 8, 2010 at 5:11am
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.

An interesting theory. While, yes, the increased presence of a global "base layer" of culture might make us lose many traditions, wouldn't our interconnectedness help us understand and preserve what's left?
Comment by NANGAR SOOMRO on May 8, 2010 at 5:16am
Yes this is very intersting for me.
Comment by Wintermute on May 8, 2010 at 5:16am
I think in the exchange of culture, the give an take that a lot gets lost in the wash.
Comment by NANGAR SOOMRO on May 8, 2010 at 5:39am
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Comment by Chris Ke Sihai on May 8, 2010 at 6:17am
Yeah! This mission is all about respecting/preserving stuff hust because it's 'indigenous' instead of actively asking what's best. Sometimes the savages know best, sometimes the evil imperialists do have better ways of doing things.

So what are you going to do for the ACT? I can't think of anything at all.
Comment by Michele Baron on May 8, 2010 at 6:21am
it is good to speak with, empathize with the holders of indigenous knowledge and traditions to understand their origins and wishes / preferences for preservation or change. thank you for the post. good evoking
Comment by sunnydupree on May 8, 2010 at 6:48am
it is true that cultures lose knowledge all the time. Then it is rediscoved by another one. i think that we are in a loop an keep creating and destroying the same things over and over.
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 8, 2010 at 11:17am
Yes, evolution works on the memetic level as well as the genetic level. Strategies that work well for some situations are kept and/or recreated, while strategies that are less healthy, efficient, functional are let go of.


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