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DebatePrep3 - Lauren Taranow DEBATE PREPARATION#2 Taking...

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Lauren Taranow 10-27-10 DEBATE PREPARATION #2: Taking Sides, Issue 10: Do Native Peoples Today Invent Their Traditions? YES: “Creating the Past: Custom and Identity in the Contemporary Pacific” 1. Author : Roger M. Keesing, Cultural Anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology. 2. Author’s Assumptions : Keesing believes that all cultures are constantly developing and adapting their culture for a variety of reasons. He looks specifically at Pacific cultures, noting how none could continue the traditions of their ancestors after the European invasion, which dramatically impacted every culture it came in contact with. A large number of Pacific societies lost the ancient culture they once had, and attempt to develop traditions similar to ancient ones in the form of music, dances, costumes, and artifacts. 3. Methods and Data : The author looks into several different Pacific societies such as Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Hawaii, and uses specific examples to
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