PRINT September 1991


Biodegradable Culture

THERE IS A CURIOUS trend in white mainstream culture in the U.S. The first inkling of it occurred to me when I heard someone talk about Dances With Wolves. This person couldn’t stop exclaiming how unique and authentic the film was. “It’s a great film!,” she cried. “There are real Indians in it who speak Lakota, and the movie is subtitled when they speak. You must see it!”

I got suspicious, though, when I found out that Dances With Wolves was a Hollywood film made by Kevin Costner. A few days later, my suspicions were again aroused when I came across a new Paul Simon album with a title like an anthropology book, The Rhythm of the Saints. On the cover was a photo of Brazilian Indians running. On the back, and this got me excited at first, was a photo of several Balinese people walking along a wooded path. Eager to see Balinese names mentioned or credits to Balinese music, I quickly scanned

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