Hi Rachel et al
I would not like to be in the position of insulted without knowing it...not that I think many people who choose to teach do this. I realize you were "tongue in cheek"!
On the reverse side for respect for cultutres that one is investigating is, the aspect gaining an understanding as to whether one is compromising oneself. I have read a bit about female circumcision and was interested to come across opinions from African and non African women for and against the practice.
However, I would not feel comfortable teaching girls at my school a rhythm that was used for the sole purpose of female circumscision. They may not realize it....but still. Im not even sure yet that such a rhythm exists. This is perhaps a rough example but it parallels in a way, the situation of girls playing didg when its a men only instrument in our indigenous society. Its hard to remain free of cultural intrusion.
I try to follow Mamady Keita's advice of identifying the rhythm, the ethnic group and the purpose to my students, so whilst the above sounds serious I take the cultural under
pinning very serious.
My job and my post grad qualifications centre around cultural studies for education and it has been a year now since I took up the djembe Im now lifting my head up to add more significance and care to what I do.
If you think "whats this guy on about" with all of this, then consider this:
the other day with easter comming I asked my grade 5/6 students (10 to 12 year olds) what was the significance of easter and why did a rabbit bring eggs. Not one of them had an idea of the pagan/christian connection or the spring/religious nature of the ritual/holiday. All they know is chocolate. And this is their culture.
Investigation is reasonable!
ps: anyway back to the music, though I will have a go answering the oracle question after a bit more study.