village industries? 部落產業和多元文化的誤認

因為這個月是豐年祭的季節,所以聽到縣長鄉長村長代表大人的致詞是難免的
我暫時不要責怪他們殖民主義狀態,卻要對台灣政教兩界的言論包含一種好奇心
一種疑問一種納悶
覺得納悶是說,有原住民身分和非原住民身分的官
還有很多原住民菁英,如大學教授
都在說,部落要有所謂部落產業才有經濟基礎
有經濟基礎年輕人才回部落
部落才有未來,原住民自治才能進行
我有時疑問,這樣不是顛倒本末嗎?
不是因為原住民沒有主權(包括土地權,文化權,等),所以部落從自給自足導入經濟依賴?
不是因為土地拿走差不多,才無法維持生活?
這些疑問先放在一邊,我們沒有辦法改變歷史,但是我們應該對所謂部落產業的定義表示疑問

一般來講,官方提出部落產業,其實是觀光業的一種
無論在’atolan或者在cawi’
立委,縣長,鄉長,代表致詞都大力推薦開發觀光
觀光客來的多,年輕人就會回部落,他們這樣說
同時,很多原住民菁英,一邊反對大型觀光開發案一邊提倡部落產業
他們好像在說,部落缺乏產業,所以自治無法執行

但是,如果我們待部落一兩天,我們會發現,其實部落產業已經很多也
有ina開的早餐店,fayi的卡拉OK,有vuvu的檳榔攤,mamu的柑仔店,大姐的理髮廳
弟弟的咖啡屋,年輕人開的瓦斯店,哥哥的鐵皮工程,還有很多哥哥和大叔在賣他們家裡吃不完的漁獲

這些,不是部落產業嗎?

好像不是。那些職業原住民給部落產業的定義,是將部落傳統文化加值,
他們所謂部落產業不是建立在部落為了部落人提供服務的產業
是部落文化加以商品化,然後賣給白浪的對外推銷商業行為

一些方面,我不能完全否認他們所提倡的部落產業
的確,有一些傑出的年輕人在用部落視覺文化做出T Shirt,背包,等產品
也有kakawasan的草帽,等的例子
但是,部落產業,難道只是這一些?為何它的定義,是給非原住民來消化原住民文化的觀光行為?

另一方面,有人說部落產業是自治的基礎
我真的很好奇,人家要的是東管處,林務局,土地銀行,退輔會,等,還部落的土地
人家要的是學校尊敬部落文化並教部落歷史
人家要的是主權
但是,部落產業言論卻要給部落是以文化產品參與多元文化的公共文化
這樣不是一種誤認嗎?

busy busy busy

i’ve been a bit busy with a number of speaking and performance commitments recently, including the AAS in Asia meetings in Kyoto, a conference on the “labor of animation” at Academia Sinica, and a theater workshop in Laeno, an ‘Amis / Pangcah community near Makota’ay

At some point, i would like to post a sound diary of my trip through the thousand tori at Funishi Inari Taisha–it’s not a Taiwan piece but the sounds of the walk up the mountain appealed to me a great deal; and i ended up recording more than an hour of material. overall, the amazing quality of the walk was the marked contrast between the bustle of crowds close to the main shrine and the quiet as one moved further up the mountain, the sounds of labored breathing as people climbed the stairways up the hill toward the shrines highest up, sounds of water flowing through the mountain landscape, and the sounds of worship. the space was also a remarkably multilingual space, which makes sense considering that this is the most popular tourist attraction in Kyoto (and likely throughout Japan)

The theater workshop was interesting, and is still happening–i have to head back up to Makota’ay sometime tonight or tomorrow; however, it felt a bit distant from the work that I need to do here in ‘Atolan. This summer, filled with many different engagements, has been too busy to get much fieldwork done. Still, writing two papers and making a soundpiece for an exhibition is not bad for a couple months work!

Keep posted for more thoughts on the theater workshop and the sound diary of Inari Taisha

DJH

what’s next?

another academic year is coming to a close. what’s next?

well, on 3 may i am getting on a jet plane and heading back to taiwan, where i will set a version of the “walking the space of fifty steps with rahic talif” piece in a retrospective of rahic’s works at tunghai university

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at the opening, i will also be giving a talk about rahic’s work and our collaboration. do come by if you are in taichung on 6th may

the summer schedule is filling up with a few events for which i am contributing sound recordings or talks: AAS in asia in kyoto, a conference at academia sinica on the “labor of animation,” and a couple other events

so it’s promising to be a busy and productive summer! will keep everyone posted here.

also–this summer, i hope to roll out the taiwan soundscapes blog as a group blog space. that may require changing the address of this blog or shifting posts around

what to do about office hours?

sometimes rather than meeting in the office, it might be better to have coffee, look at art, or take a walk around the block…

at berklee, a set number of office hours are part of our contract. surprisingly, the figure of hours is very low–much lower than the informal expectations for office hours at other schools with which i am familiar. recently these hours have been in a bit of flux as well–i should say, where we can hold our office hours is in flux–as policies little observed have been enforced. one of my colleagues always held his office hours in a coffee shop appended to an independent bookstore nearby campus. although i have some of my office hours in my office, i also find it beneficial to be available for part of my office hours at a coffee shop off campus. partially, this has to do with my work practices, but there are other reasons having to do with space

so what was my colleague to do when the chair informed him that he could no longer hold office hours off campus? moving them to the office required negotiations with office mates

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remembering armsted

the past three months have been a time of mourning for me. during the first part of this year, a college roommate, an academic elder brother of sorts, and a dear colleague and mentor all took leave.  the colleague, armsted christian, will be missed greatly here around berklee. it is up to those of us who remain to try to teach and create in ways that honor his memory

i first encountered armsted during a committee meeting. no–not armsted really; i should say, i encountered a piece of his writing.

serving on a committee for an annual conference on teaching and research at berklee, BTOT (berklee teachers on teaching), i read an intriguing proposal. it was a description of how to create what we would call in the overly bureaucratic-psychobabblist register common around university campuses these days a “safe space” for students to “engage in meaningful dialogue.” or was it? the proposal talked about the necessity of those of us on this side of the desk to exhibit concern, interest, and–no, he didn’t just use that word, did he?–LOVE (as i remember it, in screaming all caps) in our interactions with students

the session proposal was called “the love connexion.”

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