Almost everyday I read posts online that interest, infuriate, stimulate, inspire, or otherwise move me. Almost everyday I'll share three short snippets.
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February 4, 2014
""Our cup is broken. Those things that had given significance to the life of his people, the domestic rituals of eating, the obligations of the economic system, the succession of ceremonials in the village, possession in the bear dance, their standards of right and wrong–these were gone, and with them the shape and meaning of their life” (1934/89: 21-2)."
Ruth Benedict quoted in an article at Reading Anthropology. I’m Ruth Benedict, and I’m listening….
"[T]he tactics that Brand deployeed in the Catalog—peer production, aggregation, and curation—became models for digitized processes that have dramatically enlarged and diversified membership in the public sphere. At the same time however, the Catalog and community it served should remind us of the hidden costs of putting our hopes for social change in the technology-empowered, expressive individual and ideology of holism."
— Fred Turner at his Web site, paper (PDF) from an exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside.
"Freire’s writings embody a mode of discursive struggle and opposition that not only challenges the oppressive machinery of the State but is also sympathetic to the formation of new cultural subjects and movements engaged in the struggle over the modernist values of freedom, equality, and justice."
— Henry Giroux at his Web site. Paulo Freire and the Politics of Postcolonialism
"Because at the end of it all, that’s what’s truly exceptional about America — that we have not one but two of them. And after all these years, one America is still all about sticking it to the others who doesn’t look like them. I guess that’s our nation’s real “Duck Dynasty” — and it shows no sign of relinquishing its grip on us."
— Will Bunch at Philly.com. The exceptionalism of our two Americas
Indigenous law is the body of law that defines the reciprocal obligations between human beings, animal and plant beings, spirit beings and the land.
Language is central to the reclamation of Indigenous law because translation fails us — not only because so much is lost in translation, but also because so much is added. It is nearly impossible for me to use the English term law and not have you immediately form images in your head of what law is.
— Chelsea Vowel at âpihtawikosisân. The reports of our cultural deaths have always been greatly exaggerated
"Cuisine is two things, culture and ingredients. You have to keep both alive."
Sean Brock quoted in an article by Jody Eddy at Food and Wine. The Senegalese Roots of Southern Cooking
Visionary Charleston chef Sean Brock traces the origin of low-country dishes like hoppin’ john and gumbo back to Senegal, emailing his restaurant cooks from Dakar so they can update his recipes in real time.
After THREE days of preparation and FIVE hours of continuous chanting by a group of elders as they wove the tapestry of the story - a group of Alyawarr men danced the dance of the Emu Dreaming, for the first time in a decade. The dance was led by our program participants - for many it was the first time they had ever been involved in this particular ceremony.
It was a truly extraordinary, powerful and very beautiful event.
The song ‘Fly Back Home’ is a fusion of contemporary and traditional story that samples on-location recordings of the sacred ceremony of the Emu Dreaming. It is difficult to put to words the honor and gratitude that we all felt to be a part of that moment. The friendships and trust that we shared with the people in Ampilatwatja are strong and life-long.
You See Me Laughin’ is a personal journey into the lives and music of the last of the hill country bluesmen who’ve kept their music alive on the back porches and in the tiny juke joints of the Mississippi backwoods.
"The piano in Burma was more than a sentimental symbol or an exotic museum piece: it was an important player in a tumultuously creative century of Burmese music. “What the Burmese have done with a piano,” write the compilers of Princess Nicotine , “is so precise in the adaptation to their existing form and melody that one would think they invented it.” Yet this was not the case. Perhaps the hybrid origins of the Burmese piano and sandaya might point a way forward toward a Myanmar that forges connections with the West even as it retains a Burmese soul."
— Jonathan Webster in The Appendix. Solitude and Sandaya: The Strange History of Pianos in Burma
"Without exception, all communities that abide have a unique and specific ideology, or faith, or set of principles, which they accept unquestioningly, and which they attempt to practice to the greatest extent possible."