I was thrilled and honored to be a guest on WBAI’s First Voices Indigenous Radio this morning with John Kane.
You can hear the program here:
Click “Play” or “Download” next to the First Voices Indigenous Radio program on Thursday, April 10th at 9am.
It was wonderful to speak with John, who is so passionate about not only preserving ancient traditions, but seeing traditional societies adapt to our rapidly changing world.
“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. “
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Hamar Tribe in the Omo Valley
“There’s a tendency for those of us in the dominant Western culture to view traditional people—even when we’re sympathetic to their plight—as quaint and colorful, but reduced to the sidelines of history, while the real world, which of course is our world, continues moving forward. We see these societies as failed attempts at modernity, as if they’re destined to fade away by some natural law, as if they can’t cope with change. That’s simply not true. Change is the one constant in history. All societies in all times and in all places constantly adapt to new possibilities for life.”
The Suri Tribe in the Omo Valley
“Some people say: “What does it matter if these cultures fade away.” The answer is simple. When asked the meaning of being human, all the diverse cultures of the world respond with 10,000 different voices. Distinct cultures represent unique visions of life itself, morally inspired and inherently right. And those different voices become part of the overall repertoire of humanity for coping with challenges confronting us in the future. As we drift toward a blandly amorphous, generic world, as cultures disappear and life becomes more uniform, we as a people and a species, and Earth itself, will be deeply impoverished.”
In the Omo Valley, Ethiopia
“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”