I found this video over at Cannablog just now and am posting it here for the same purpose this ethnographic researcher, Wade Davis, intends his work to accomplish; the dissemination of awareness and respect required to allow ethnic diversity to remain in tact. I love his breathless, gulping delivery of information he has personally experienced and dearly wants us to comprehend. At about 21:10 in he mentions the we he is a part of and my whole perspective changed. Please watch the video before reading the rest…
I fear that the well meaning exposure of the unique cultures he speaks of is paving a highway to their oblivion — the reverse of his intent to pickle them in National Geographics’ gallery of travelogues — they’ll never again be what he found, simply because he found them and, rather than live with them, came back to tell the tale. All those kids will be wearing tee shirts and gimme caps in ten years.
It is too bad too, because I admire the way this guy seems to love what he has been doing and how he seems to respect these cultures, but I think they would all be better off if he and everyone else had never found them. Or at least kept their secret to themselves in reverence for what they purport to respect.
I guess I am posting the video to counter commercial copyrights of corporate ethnotours; the very opposite of a seemingly benevolent gesture. Just like more food creates more starving people and more laws create more criminals. What a troll I am.