Re: Pluck and Culture Change

Thomas Brunton (brunton@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Fri, 26 Apr 1996 10:44:10 -0400

In reply to John Pastore:

Those thingies (plume in hat, kow-towing etc.) are expressions of
culture, according to my current working definition of culture. Culture
is a mental phenomena that can be shared or individual. Behavior is an
expression of culture and artifacts can be looked at as an
objectification of culture. (Following Walter Taylor again. He also
contends that neither ethnographers nor archaeologists can get directly
at culture, because it is inside peoples heads. Archaeologists just have
maybe another level of inference to make. We are not inferior!)

Tom Brunton
SUNY at Buffalo