Catastrophic Water Events and Sustainability of Culture

By Georgianna Short.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Only 500 indigenous groups exist today. This number is minuscule compared to the number of indigenous peoples of 100 years ago. According to the Human Gnome Diversity Project (2006) there is an inverse relationship between number of industrialized countries and the number of cultural groups of planet earth. Indigenous peoples find their way of life and skills are no longer valued in fast-paced societies dependent upon advances in technology. Lack of industrial skill causes marginalization of indigenous groups and loss of richness of human diversity. There is an urgent need to examine why once stable indigenous cultures disappeared and what can be done to preserve remaining groups. This paper represents the second in a series of efforts to examine factors causing disruption, even elimination of indigenous peoples' habitus and how remaining indigenous groups may be sustained in the 21st century's climate of homogenization, industrialization, and consumerism.

Keywords: Cultural Sustainability, Catastrophic Water Events, World Homogenization, Objectification, Habitus

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.173-180. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 549.700KB).

Dr. Georgianna Short

Associate Professor, College of the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Dr. Short is interested in maintaining/sustaining tangible and intangible heritage of minority cultures. Historical events endangering, even destroying cultural heritage of disenfranchised groups serve as a lens through which to view sustainability of cultural capitol in contemporary times.


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