Agricultural origins and race

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This is a very interesting article from NPR that looks at those issues, what do you think? Unfortunately, the link doesn’t open up, but it is below, it is thought provoking.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/15/485722228/where-did-agriculture-begin-oh-boy-its-complicated?sc=tw

It seems interesting to me in the sense that it disarticulates race as essentialist.  That people-earth relations exist every where and are available to all, if we are open to them!

 

 

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  1. Posted by V Spike Peterson on July 20, 2016 at 8:51 am

    hi from manchester! where politics are as crazy here (almost?) as USA… re/ article: thx for sharing! seems from my ‘early ag’ lit that they keep finding unexpected stuff!! did you happen to read 1491 and 1493 – fascinating accts of ‘new world’ as ‘old’ and experienced 🙂 actually, had political developments that rarely get credited etc. seems a lot of ethnocentrism shapes what gets reported, eh? i’m never sure what to believe, especially in archeol, anthro b/c when it comes to actually ‘why’ and culture it’s all, by definition, speculation (lacking written records, 1st person accts etc), which is especially ripe for misrepresenting however authors wish to… but i feel very resistant to any/all conclusions suggesting ‘natural’ behaviors (usually used to suggest we’ve always been greedy, violent, sexist, fear of unknowns and ‘others’), as in all the ‘evolutionary’ psych, IR, genetic BS – which can only describe what pple do but actually have no business pretending to know the ‘meaning’ of what people do so speaketh spike. what think you?

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    On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 5:30 PM, Finca del Pueblos Blog wrote:

    > fincadelpueblo posted: “This is a very interesting article from NPR that > looks at those issues, what do you think? Unfortunately, the link doesn’t > open up, but it is below, it is thought provoking. > http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/15/485722228/where-did-agriculture-b” > >

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    • Hi Spike,
      I haven’t read 1491 or 1493, but I have heard they are interesting. And it is challenging, I agree, to know what really happened because of the lack of written records of subaltern peoples. As you know, and taught me well, there are some ways to get around that – oral histories, reading between the lines, but I agree, it is frustrating. Though we can’t get the full story, there are lots of ways to rewrite history, and we are not doomed to just accept the winner’s perspective that erases so much. Like feminism has done, to see what people are doing today with cosmologies that reach back through geneologies before capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy.
      Speaking of, I really like Irene Silverblatt’s Moon, Sun and Witches Gender Ideologies and Class in Inca and Colonial Peru. It is very helpful in that regard, and many truths and representations are being uncovered daily within oppression to show that many worlds are possible, don’t follow that logic, and indeed exist outside the one oppressive one we are told is inevitable. We have made our own more liberatory worlds, so they are and a new universe is REAL! Abrazos!

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