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Trappings of Culture

Published: October 31, 2010, Author: JayTaber

In a consumer society, settler culture not only assimilates indigenous
peoples into the dominant market relationships, it also assimilates the
trappings of indigenous culture as yet another commodity. For those
looking for meaning and purpose beyond consumption, the trappings are
representative of a more authentic cosmology and philosophy, but
achieving these visions entails a lot more effort and risk than
acquiring tribal accoutrements. Having been chastised for appropriating
domestic native rituals and attire, the safer route for the superficial
is in adopting foreign autochthonous paraphernalia and practices, with
the added benefit of its exotic marketability.

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