Culture Vultures and Aboriginal Art

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Australia’s Northern Territories’ most senior aboriginal politician has lashed out against displaying sacred aboriginal art in international exhibitions calling the people who study the sacred elements of aboriginal art ‘culture vultures’.

This is a tough one. On one hand I believe that the art and culture needs to be shared and appreciated but on the other hand there is also the need to preserve and respect the indigenous cultures. This sort of points out the difference in the way we percieve art and culture. Traditionally we (western and so called developed societies) have viewed art and culture as something that should be shared, appreciated and enjoyed. There are societies where the art and culture is more ingrained part of life, it is the way they live and breathe, and is not meant for public display. In short, it is not a commodity.

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