|Anonymous||# Posted on April 16, 2014 at 09:35|
Comment on Anna’s text by Wenzel
I can largely agree with you, Anna, in that Ingold implicitely confronts us with a unnecessary either/or – choice between two models of the formation of indigenousness by only finding critical words for the genealogical model. He also seems to deny that people to create strong bonds to their parents and grandparents, that these or other elders can be an important source of education and self-definition.
As you, I am wondering about Ingold’s intent when questioning common patterns of categorisation. In the beginning of the chapter, he says, regarding indigenous people: “At the time of colonisation, they were the original inhabitants. This is no guarantee, of course, that their forbears had not, during some earlier wave of population movement, displaced a yet earlier people, nor is it to deny that people of settler origin might develop deep and lasting attachments to the land.” I found this quote very promising and was thus disappointed by the rest of his reasoning, as it didn’t try to transcend such categorisations, but only proposed a different way of shaping them, which shows how little he reflects that there would be political ramifications of his scrutiny, even if he tries to avoid it. In this perpective, I agree that his definition of these people as hunter-gatherers is slightly strange. As Morag said when commenting my text, “there is a lot of abstraction and quite a bit of impracticality in applying some of Ingold’s ideas. I suppose a lot of that is rooted in the way the world is organized and thought about today.” Ingold might propose a lot of interesting solutions to things, but probably only in a world where people’s perception are largely in line with his.
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