Thursday, April 15, 2010

¨ live a traditional life...

In a 19 February 2010 episode of TVO´s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Douglas Sanderson (Faculty of Law, U of T) stated that
I think there´s often this tendency to think of First Nations people living in their communities and choosing to live in ways that are like the ways of their ancestors that somehow that makes them backwards. But it doesn´t. They are our contemporaries. We can call them on the phone and speak to them and they will speak at us, and they are every bit as modern as we are, here in this television studio. And there´s something deeply racist in fact, about this idea that choosing to live a traditional life is somehow to live a backward life. I mean, we accept all kinds of people and kinds of ...[Paikin interrupts]
I think this begs the question what is meant by a ¨traditional life¨ and where the line between ´traditional´ and ´modern´ is. When does the quantitative turn into a qualitative shift?

Wiktionary Def. Traditional:
  1. Of or pertaining to tradition; derived from tradition; communicated from ancestors to descendants by word only; transmitted from age to age without writing; as, traditional opinions; traditional customs; traditional expositions of the Scriptures.
  2. Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned.
Criteria -
food: modern/hybrid/traditional
shelter: modern/hybrid/traditional

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