Re: decolonizing anthropology

Alx V. Dark (avd5863@IS.NYU.EDU)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 23:05:03 -0500

On Thu, 2 Feb 1995, carter pate wrote:

> On the matter of copyright:
> Native American artists, like Greg Colfax of the Makah, have produced
> "tribal" motifs, which other artists, like Jonathan Shaw, have been tattooing
> onto the bodies of many people, most of them white. "Tribal tatooing" is
> enormously fashionable at this time. Do we tattooed people owe somebody a roya
> lty? WHO? Where does this thinking STOP?
> (originator of the text) P.J. Nebergaall

It stops with people like Lynn Andrews and Carlos Castenada (not Makahs,
that point is important) making big bucks selling native heritage. And
hey, when its just a commodity and has been for awhile, what's gonna be
so special about NATIVE HERITAGE(tm), so special its worth affording
protection? Then all they'll need is good marketing. . .

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