A very thoughtful exploration of “tradition” – its enduring power, dangers and relevance in charting the future.
Originally posted on Anthony McCann's writings on this, that and th'other:
2011. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics 4(1):75-92
“Our study must push beyond things to meanings, and grope through meanings to values. Study must rise to perplex and stand to become part of a critical endeavour. We study others so their humanity will bring our own into awareness, so the future will be better than the past” (Glassie, 1995:xiv).