Cultural Appropriation and Respectful Research
The issue of cultural appropriation is important to all of us as researchers, subjects, and scholars exploring just about any topic. Here are some articles related to appropriate and inappropriate approaches to cross-cultural research.
Max Dashu’s excellent article Respect and Responsibility concerns the appropriation of Native American cultures in the work of Lynn Andrews and other non-Native authors. Though the article first appeared in 1994, the information is still relevant today.
The issues of naming and claiming traditional titles is described in the blogKathang Pinay 2, a forum for understanding Philippine Babaylan cultural concerns.
And, here is a recent article about an archaeological project in Australia where researchers worked with rather than in spite of native elders: Rock Art finds