Re: Declaration of Indigenous Peoples on Genome Project

Wed, 1 Mar 1995 09:09:42 -0600

I didn't see the original post, but I'm in complete agreement with Ania's
comments. I have a feeling many archaeologists would be sympathetic with
this postion. We must acknowledge that our feelings about what is
"natural" are highly subjective, and lose meaning outside of particular
cultural and historical contexts. We can debate the merits of different
points of view, but we cannot make objective, absolute statements
about what is "right" outside of specific cosmologies.

On Wed, 1 Mar 1995, Ania Lian wrote:

> If we agree that humans are part of enviroment, then we cannot deny humans
> the right to influence the enviroment, just like we cannot deny the
> asteroid the right to hit the Earth, or elephants to eat all the greenery
> in Africa.
> These very changes in all levels of enviroment create the future and
> created the world and us the way we are. There is no TRUTH as there is no
> principle of harmony. Harmony is subjective. If one accepts the the
> disappearance of dinosauruses was a part of harmony then disapearance of
> all humans (if ever) should also be regraded as part of this harmony.
> Simply, if we agree that we should not intervene in "the natural order" of
> things, WHO SAYS that what humans do IS NOT within this natural order.
> ".. destruction, western, colonization.." only "God" knows where we would
> be today had it not been for colonization, in Saranghetti?? or maybe in
> the Babel tower? destruction did not start with "the Western civilization"
> but it's a part of the"natural order": some things appear some other
> disapear...
> Btw: *indigenous people* of Western hemisphere??????????? How could they
> be *indigenous* to the western hemisphere? Do they belong to a specie that
> anthropologist have no clue about so far? They mean that they ALWAYS WERE
> THERE?? There, this is a great chance to all the anthropologists to work on
> this western hemisphere *indigenous* people and as for the rest of us, we
> not indigenous, we excuse ourselves for having colonised the Eastern
> hemisphere.
> What a dogmatic mail this was on educational networks. I think the members
> of the organisation which issued that c..p should go home and rethink at
> least their argumentats.
> ania lian