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Appropriation and Commodification: The band Esqimeaux

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By Laurie Milne in the group AU Anthropology Interest Group April 23, 2017 - 10:47am

Post processual archaeologies focus upon the cognitive or mental aspects of culture  and in the process practitioners study  past ways of thought often through the analysis of symbolic elements.  In their article, "Copyrighting the Past? Emerging Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Archaeology" which appears in the edited course text  Reading Archaeology: An Introduction (Muckle 2011), George P. Nicholas and Kelly P. Bannister explore cultural identity and the appropriation and commodification of symbolic aspects of identity.  Anthroplogy 272 students are encouraged to check out a recent newspaper article  which reports  that Inuit throat singer,  Tanya Tagaq,  has been successful in convincing the Brooklyn indie band, Esquimeaux, to change its name to one that is more culturally sensitive.  The debate over indigenous names used by many North American sports teams is also considered. 

 

https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-globe-and-mail-bc-edition/20170421/282252370408876

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AU Anthropology Interest Group

AU Anthropology Interest Group

A group for those interested in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology