Anthr4710-Listening to the mountains

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P.1 Molly McMahon Anthr4710 Dr. B.J Isbell 11/2/2011 “Listening to the Mountains” Robert E. Rhoades’s “Listening to the Mountains” is a very personal glimpse into the experiences of Rhodes and his encounters with the mountain people and the mountain culture. His approach portrays an utmost respect for the villagers’ methods of farming, explaining that their methods actually contribute to the sustainability of agriculture. Rhoades’s view challenged the common misconception that indigenous farming techniques were inefficient. Rhoades continues his discussion, expressing the growing concern for these mountain people in regards to the melting glaciers. Global warming is something that these people know very little about. Rhoades almost takes this stance that it is his humanist commitment to educate
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Unformatted text preview: these people on how to cope with these circumstances. However, despite his immense ecological concern for the sustainability of human-environment relations and his strong desire to help, Rhoades remains an observer. I think that is what makes his writing so compelling: the fact that he describes a need for change, while simultaneously regarding their mountain culture as wise, expressing immense gratitude for what these people do. It was a very different take on a world that is so foreign to most Westerners. Rhoades illustrates his experience in a way that allows us to understand that there is a great crisis at hand, but he also informs us that the mountain people are not at fault and are in fact efficient, and that their culture is truly beautiful....
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