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102-25B Anthropology and Human Problems II

102-25B Anthropology and Human Problems II - Anthropology...

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Anthropology and Human Problems II - The contemporary desires of the world’s remaining indigenous peoples for economic, linguistic, and cultural survival
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What anthropologists have to contribute: Efforts to publicize the circumstances and concerns of indigenous peoples (e.g., the Picchi book) Advocacy for ancestral lands issues (e.g., the 1970s Orme Dam controversy) Assistance with “cultural survival” Consider world linguistic diversity and language loss video: “A Matter of Respect”
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Two notes: Many contemporary native peoples have accomplished a lot in these regards on their own, without the assistance of anthropologists or other outsiders (e.g., C&C #34 re the “Kayapo resistance”) Some indigenous peoples (including Native Americans) have conflicted with anthropologists and have mixed views of the value of anthropology…..
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About declining linguistic diversity: At least half of the world’s 6000 remaining languages are expected to die out in the next 100 years
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