Re: Developmentalism and the primitive.

Iain Walker (iainw@SUE.ECON.SU.OZ.AU)
Fri, 2 Aug 1996 11:41:09 +1100

On Thu, 1 Aug 1996, Ronald Kephart wrote:
> None. As I just finished telling my students (after they watched a film on the
> Yanomami): "The Yanomami are not primitive people. They are totally,
> completely, and fully modern people who happen to be different from us (North
> Americans) in their patterns of subsistence, patterns of economic behavior,
> sociopolitical organization, and much else. They are not living fossils from
> the "stone age" or anywhere else. In all that is central to being human, they
> are us. To think otherwise is to be wrong."

Amen. You'd be surprised how many people don't seem to understand this.

Iain Walker * Dept. of Anthropology * University of Sydney *

"L'homme qui a deux femmes perd son ame;
"L'homme qui a deux maisons perd sa raison"
"mdru ukana hahe na ha nduhuze"