Re: Pluck and Culture Change

John Pastore (venture@CANCUN.RCE.COM.MX)
Fri, 26 Apr 1996 19:20:59 +0000

On 26 Apr 96 at 10:44, Thomas Brunton wrote:

> 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!)

Hi Thomas,

I did say "show me a 'picture' of culture" --so I did, not an
'x-ray'. And where does "We are not inferior!" come into the picture
(or rather x-ray?). Whose "we"?

Ka Xiik Keech Ya Utzil,

John Pastore
Writer/Guide in 'El Mayab'
("The Mayan Homeland")