Re: Advocacy, environmentalism, etc.

Matthew S. Tomaso (Tomaso@MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU)
Sun, 14 May 1995 14:44:06 -0500

For those of you who could not wade through my recent long-winded diatribe,
the following presents its core:

>I advocate advocacy on all fronts, but I do not advocate misrepresentation.
As several >others have pointed out before me (ie, Whitehead and Wilk),
'indigenous' peoples are >_peoples_ - not examples,
>models, samples, data, or anything else. As people, the indigenous
(whatever that >means) should have the same rights and respect that those
who do not consider >themselves indigenous have. Honest self-representation
will, hopefully, result in >honestly given respect. Misrepresentation, by
self-appointed advocates, well meaning >passersby and/or the self can only
result in dishonest relations. History is >constructed, but, moreover, it
is not uncontested.

Contestation can result in better understanding and resolution, but not if
it proceeds by consensual agreement or conspiracy to misrepresent.

Matt Tomaso.
Anthropology. University of Texas at Austin.