Anthropologists- seems like people either love them or hate them-was having a conversation with someone about the subject of anthropology and they happened to ask what I thought of Russell’s rants about anthropology and his attempts to cast himself as being a greater authority.
In response I brought up Joe Medicine Crow-a 98 year old Blackfoot elder, last traditional war chief, tribal historian, and anthropologist, I suggested Russell should attempt to run his “theories” by Joe.
I believe it serves an obvious purpose for the nations to have anthropologists such as Medicine Crow to insure a diverse and ethnically oriented approach-one that brings insight and traditional understanding into the mix.
One that would also have an acute understanding of the relationship of indigenous people and ecosystems.
Aldo Leopold penned an essay entitled “Thinking Like a Mountain” wherein he expressed the belief that the extinctions of biodiversity create a threat as lethal as thermonuclear war.
He further stated that”In Wildness is the salvation of the Earth and the preservation of all life,long known among mountains and wolves…but seldom perceived by man.” Think like a mountain; think like a wolf; think like the Earth.”
This is something we as a people have long known, but a wisdom that is being eroded.
In the final analysis I would say if offered a choice between Russell and Medicine Crow as to credibility,Russell isn’t even an also ran.