Re: Is language necessary for preservation of culture?

Shannon Adams (
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 08:15:18 -0800

Herb Huston wrote:
> In article <01bbfac0$7a6dc660$3f067018@supra-r>,
> Keta Nannithamby <> wrote:
> }Is the Language necessary for preservation of the culture?
> The Japanese macaques on Koshima Island have preserved their cultural prac-
> tices of washing sweet potatoes and placer mining wheat for more than 40
> years despite the lack (as far as anyone knows) of any language whatsoever.
> --
> -- Herb Huston
> --
> --

I believe culture is more accurately identified as a *worldview*. This
is influences by local ecology, social structure, political structure,
religious/ritual ideologies, etc. *CULTURE IS NOT SIMPLY SHARED
BEHAVIOR* While I'm open to the idea that animals have a *world view*
of some sort I don't believe this *worldview* is adequately displayed
threw two food preparation practices. (Language doesn't have to be
vocal, by the way.)