I want to bring it to your attention that Tim’s not a formally educated anthropologist, like you. For you to assume he is, is just as ethnocentric as what you are calling a ethnocentric comment from him. Even so, I don’t see how what he said as a totally disgusting ethnocentric comment. The Hadza live in the present but with technologies of the past. I think there’s nothing wrong with seeing their situation like that.
As far as why we, or rather I, aren’t rallying, around the human rights war cry is because I consider human rights and cultural freedoms almost synonymous. It is the Hadza culture that is being directly threatened. And the Tanzanian government infringes on human rights violations and when it begins to see the Hadza as unequal and threatens the life, liberty and security of of the Hadza. Above all, the arbitrary interference into personal, or private lives of the Hadza.
My whole point of this comment is that Tim’s intentions are well mannered and what he wrote has been misinterpreted as a ethnocentric comment. Furthermore, I personally consider crimes against a culture a human rights violation but won’t call it that because it is the Hadza way of life that is in jeopardy.
I forgot to add a request.
Please consider not chastising us for our efforts in helping save the Hadza. Rather, if you care about the Hadza, then consider how you can better help the situation out.
Comment from: [Member]
Thanks for your comment. Yes, I agree, human rights and cultural freedoms are almost synonymous. My point might be that one should protest regardless if they are hunters or just poor local tanzanians. It’s not only about the right to “preserve your culture". It’s also about power relations, the rich oppressing the poor, global inequality etc
And yes, Tim’s intentions are “well mannered” but that doesn’t change the problematic impression he gives about the Hadza as a kind of stone age people - relicts from the past, living timeless lives.
Of course I’ll join you all trying to help the Hadza. No doubt!
Comment from: Stephanie [Visitor]
Are you doing anything formally, connected to any type of organization to help the Hadza people. I am a citizen of the US but the Hadzabe are my ancestors and I would very much like to join any legimate efforts within my means designed to help them. I’m sure there are others like me with shared ancestry in the US and some ability to assist.