Monday, June 18, 2012
living in cultures of change
Spotlight, a leading national craft and curtain shop, sells raffia. This simple fact is important for local indigenous expression.
Yesterday Team Taylor enjoyed the annual open day at the Warriparinga Living Kaurna Cultural centre. We enjoyed the live music, watched the kids play a traditional game, kicking around a possum skin (yep, possum) and joined the local basket weavers.
As we chatted we learned that traditionally basket used reeds and grasses. However such things disappear in modern industrial cities. Either the practice of basket weaving dies. Or else the cultural adapts.
Hence the importance of raffia from Spotlight.
It reminded me of a conversation a few weeks ago. I was wine tasting and some older folk were chatting beside about the impact of technology. Will our children be able to read and write, in an age of screens and e-readers? They were concerned about cultural death.
I pointed out that my children are reading more widely and broadly as a result of the purchase of Kindle’s. To which they shrugged, sighed and said “I guess you’ve got to just so with the times.”
The resignation in their voices, the words they use, were very similar to what I hear in church circles. It suddenly occurred to me that
One, responding to change is not just an issue for the church, but for all cultures. It is a shared human challenge.
Two, that avoidance or assimilation, fighting or acceptance, are two very limited responses.
Three, that Christians who think about culture-making, about a variety of practices by which to live in change, that the adaptive resources from within indigenous cultures, are a helpful resource for living in change – not just for the church, but for all humans in modern society.