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sacrilage

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Brian Foster (fozzie)
Sun, 9 Mar 1997 00:04:29 -0500

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Glen:(RE:your visit to Native American museum- and subsequent conscience attack)
I think your sensitivity is admirable but do not let it interfere with the
job at hand. I think SAN D stated most of the reasons we study other
cultures. Because certain objects were originally created with a spiritual
significance, does not make them less beautiful. The fact that many of the
objects related to past civilizations which have survived probably owe this
survival more to their aesthetic appeal than religious significance. Yes,
there are vast cultural differences within the family of man and, yes there
will always be commercialism and decorating trends which draw on "different"
cultures.
The down side of this is the production of cheap knock-offs and "faux"
artwork. The upside, however, is really cool. While, during this present
phase there is a great market for almost anything "indian"(much of which is
made in the shadow of the Great Wall), there is a new awareness of not only
Native American art but the various cultures which produced them. It has
also been a boon to many Native American artists and artisans who have been
producing fine traditional wares for centuries (these were their primary
objects of trade) for as the market for imitations rises in volume, the
market for originals skyrockets in price!! I don't think you will find a
Native American artist who thinks they are selling their spirituality- just
as there are very few people alive that believe my camera will capture their
soul.

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