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Cultural Cautionary Concerns

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Fri, 17 Oct 1997 18:16:30 -0400 (EDT)

Dear eveyone on the list,

<< It has always seemed to me that in our
efforts to celebrate diversity, we may have forgotten to teach that human
beings are much more the same than we are different. >>

As I write this from Chicago, arguably the most segregated city in America,
it seems to me that "we" celebrate diversity far too little.
What I have always found most interesting about people is how we are
different. What's so interesting about being the same?
As an art teacher who is white, raised and taught in the ways of the dominant
culture, I am concerned with how I use the images, icons, artifacts of other
cultures, particularly but not exclusively minority cultures within the USA.
I think Mark's discussion of his totem projects and El Dia de los Muertos
activities reflect those concerns as well.
To be fair, while we can sometimes err in treating the cultures of others in
a trivial manner, when you are trapped in a crazy schedule of five 45 minute
classes a day, we can and do treat Western art in a trivial manner as well.
However, the difference between the two trivials is related to the issue of
ethnocentrism .


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