Post by EricÂ©
Dave Smith wrote...
Post by Dave Smith Post by EricÂ©
Nope, I'm still no further ahead as to what constitutes cultural appropriation,
It is whiny politically correct bullshit. Certain groups are bitching
and whining because white people used some artistic form that they claim
to be part of their culture. For instance, a few months back a
university suspended its free yoga classes because someone complained
that it was part of an south asian religious practice. More recently, a
white woman was forced to pull her gallery showing because natives
whined about her style of painting to be cultural appropriation.
Basically, she was using childishly garish painting that was too similar
to the untrained native painters and using similar themes. However, I
have to ask who has appropriated whose culture because it involved oil
paints and canvas, and those are western European art supplies.
The whole thing is a recipe for laughter and a whole lot of hypocrisy - which is why I
don't think we'll ever see hard-and-fast rules or definitions re cultural appropriation.
The goalposts need to be very movable, depending on things like race, sex, political pov,
the weather, etc etc.
I do agree that we need standards. They must first establish what the
fuck cultural appropriation is. The culture must have complete ownership
of the subject they think is being appropriated. It must work two ways.
Any member of a group who thinks their culture has been appropriate
should be able to show that the theme or technique was exclusively
associated with them and their specific culture, and that their culture
has not adopted or adapted things from other cultures.
In our country, the native people like to be called "first nations"
these days, and there are hundreds of these little "nations" and each on
wants to be thought of as a specific culture, and they are quite
diverse. I would suggest that for some from the Six Nations to be making
or using a dream catcher is as much a cultural appropriation as a white
person carving Eskimo gods in soapstone.
In the most recent case that I referred to, the kerfuffle was over a
woman's use of nativish themes using oil paints on canvas. The was I see
it, natives using oil paints, acrylics or water colours have
appropriated white European art forms.