Category Archives: Indigenous people

Ideas that add up #224

Due to drought and disruption by national boundaries of the traditional cycle of movement, the Ik live in such a food- and water-scarce environment that there is absolutely no advantage to reciprocity and social sharing. The Ik, in consequence, display … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #222

When I was a child I watched my father make arrows. When I make one I always think: this is how my father brought us food. In the old days we hunted near our village. Now the government won’t let … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #210

Benjamin discusses the many ways that loss of aura affects an art object: it undermines authenticity, jeopardizes the object’s authority, shatters tradition, diminishes the importance of ritual, and perhaps most important, “the quality of its presence is always depreciated”. This … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #208

Until the past few decades, the Bushmen and the lions lived among each other. They shared water holes. Prides occasionally came into Bushmen camps. A small group of four Bushmen hunters could drive a pride of 30 lions off a … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #205

A hunter-gathering society has, on its doorstep, the equivalent of its supermarket, hospital, place of worship, and entertainment centre, and none are shut at weekends. There are no admission fees, no bills, no tax, no mortgage, and no pensions. A … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #204

Critics of tribal peoples’ rights often assert that those who support them want the people to remain poor. But that is not what is at stake at all: it is rather a case of trying to prevent people being driven … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #203

Tribal and indigenous peoples have art and music just like everyone else. They also have ‘traditional’ sports, which include wrestling, running with heavy logs, canoe and horse racing, and a kind of polo. Rubber originates in the Americas and was … Continue reading

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