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By Elazar Barkan, Ronald Bush

Those fourteen essays handle controversies over various cultural houses, exploring them from views of legislations, archeology, actual anthropology, ethnobiology, ethnomusicology, heritage, and cultural and literary learn. The publication divides cultural estate into 3 kinds: Tangible, distinct estate just like the Parthenon marbles; intangible estate similar to folktales, song, and folks treatments; and communal "representations," that have lead teams to censor either outsiders and insiders as cultural traitors.

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Whether the change is welcomed or traumatic—assuming the Papuan's perspective is not rejected as mere expediency or false consciousness —Papuans have to accommodate and attempt to strive under the new market economy, and they do so by elevating development as the most important national goal. In the process they have become indifferent to the past, or at least to certain aspects of the past. Anthropologists and environmentalists who criticize these policies are viewed as enemies and are even attacked on occasion.

Whether the change is welcomed or traumatic—assuming the Papuan's perspective is not rejected as mere expediency or false consciousness —Papuans have to accommodate and attempt to strive under the new market economy, and they do so by elevating development as the most important national goal. In the process they have become indifferent to the past, or at least to certain aspects of the past. Anthropologists and environmentalists who criticize these policies are viewed as enemies and are even attacked on occasion.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, as a representative of the British Museum, Emil Torday traded with the Kuba people of the Kasai region of central Africa. His partner, Melville W. HiltonSimpson, described one purchase: Eventually, owing to Torday's persuasive powers, and to the fact that our interest in their customs had caused the elders to take a liking to us, all the dignitaries concerned agreed to use their influence with the king to induce him to sell us the statues. 20 Amending Historical Injustices At a solemn gathering of the elders the matter was discussed.

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