5.31.2008

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brazil tribe never seen humans

They are humans, dimwit!

5 comments:

kim_in_to said...

LOL !

The whole idea that people are somehow missing something until they are part of "more advanced" society is the height of ethnocentrism.

Reminds me of my visit to eastern Cuba, and seeing a statue of Christopher Columbus. Cubans do honour the arrival of Columbus, but our friend and tour guide was quite offended:
"He didn't discover Cuba - we were already here!

L-girl said...

The whole idea that people are somehow missing something until they are part of "more advanced" society is the height of ethnocentrism.

I'm often in awe of non-industrialized, non-modernized people. To think they are able to procure what they need and maintain a society by themselves, only using human ingenuity, cultural knowledge and what exists around them...!

I once wrote about ancient civilizations for young people, a big project I worked on for months (right before we moved to Canada). In the course of my research I came to feel that what ancient peoples did - what they created out of nothing - was more impressive than all our modern inventions and technologies.

I don't mean this in a romanticized way. These societies were generally brutal, unjust and horrifically violent. But what people accomplished, given what they had to build on, was just astonishing.

impudent strumpet said...

LMAO!!!!!

John said...

But what people accomplished, given what they had to build on, was just astonishing.

Tell it!

This is why I get particularly annoyed at those who think the ancient wonders of the world were built by ancient astronauts or something. The pyramids were not maneuvered into place by retro rockets, they were constructed by brilliant, dedicated human beings. With hand tools! And, admittedly, an near-infinite supply of slave labour...

L-girl said...

Yes, that whole alien-built-the-pyramids thing is unbelievably condescending.

Two years ago we were in Peru, and saw - among so many completely amazing things - the Nazca lines, those famous shapes that are really only visible from the air. We spoke to Peruvians who were very aware of the "chariots of the gods" thing that was very popular in the 1970s, and were grossly offended by it.

they were constructed by brilliant, dedicated human beings

And designed by master architects, engineers, astronomers. I could go on and on about this. And often do... :)