Re: Contributions of the Iroquois

thomas w kavanagh (tkavanag@INDIANA.EDU)
Fri, 26 Jul 1996 18:30:38 -0500

I got the "far right" po-mo and multicult citation from Johansen, and
therefore I can only regret that I too am guilty of accepting Johansen's
resumes of some of the commentaries on the "idea" of Iroquois influence
without checking the sources. :-@

[However, I would call your attention to the storm of criticism raised by
such folks as Jesse Helms and others over the Smithsonian's Portrait
Gallery's show The West as America some yars ago (or over Air and Space's
proposed Enola Gay exhibit.)]

As for others besides the 'far right' criticizing po-mo/multicult for its
often lack of substance, there was *some* irony intended in my post: if
"multicultural" means the promotion of unverified (*and* contested, if not
historically falsifiable [but then "history" is made by many people])
claims -- as opposed to say, learning about the "Iroquois" kinship system
and how it structures inter-personal relations (can you say "family
values") in a very different way than does the standard Anglo-American
"Eskimo" system -- then we as anthropologists are needed more than ever.

On Fri, 26 Jul 1996, Robert Snower wrote:

> At 01:14 PM 7/26/96 +0000, thomas w kavanagh wrote:
> >Given that statement, it is perhaps no wonder that the far right has
> >questioned the seriousness of "post-modernism" and "multiculturalism"
> >when we substitute the "idea," the assertion, that there was influence
> >for research which asks for documentation on what that influence
> >might have been.
> >tk
> Found your post most interesting and informative. But who is this "far
> right" in the last paragraph? I didn't know the far right had addressed
> post-modernism. And isn't this criticism ever leveled by representatives of
> less extreme perspectives than that of the far-right? Your illumination
> would be appreciated.
> Best wishes.
> R. Snower
> >
> >