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Re: <nettime> ICT and Aboriginal Peoples
Christiane Robbins on Tue, 27 Nov 2007 05:03:37 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> ICT and Aboriginal Peoples

Hi there Ben,

You know, I'm unfamiliar with the evidence cited in your post,  
however I am a bit more familiar with the embedded myths/biases that  
are positioned with in this "evidence."   Oh yes ... I recognize at  
least one ... the all encompassing resurrection of the " noble savage. "

Perhaps another one is that all aboriginal peoples gathered under the  
rubric  of " The Ecological Indian" are one and the same.  No issues  
of cultural, tribal or geographic diversity were ever raised amongst  
those darn "Indians," I'm sure!

"He finds that the Ecological Indian proposition is of doubtful  
validity, concluding that, for example, Indians needlessly killed  
many buffalo, set fires that got out of
control, and over-exploited deer and beaver for their skins."

I'm able to infer a few more which I believe are rather easily  
apparent, especially in Point 2 of the abstract, i.e " inefficient  
extraction technologies and the lack of profitable markets for  
extracted resources."


On Nov 25, 2007, at 9:19 PM, Benjamin Geer wrote:

>> On 18/11/2007, Jesse Fiddler <jessefiddler {AT} knet.ca> wrote:
>> All Indigenous communities at one time or another were
>> self-sustainable.
> Do you have any evidence for that?  Here's some evidence to the  
> contrary:

Christiane Robbins

... the space between zero and one  ...
Walter Benjamin


The present age prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to  
the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence for in  
these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane.

Ludwig Feuerbach, 1804-1872,


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