Society for Philosophy and Culture seminar, held at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in August 2011, as part of our series "Dialogues in Culture & Philosophy". Robbie Shilliam speaks on "Rastafari: An Indigenous Wordview?" with responses by Peter Adds and Carwyn Jones.
Māori Greeting: “You have the queen living amongst you, but here we have the spiritual departure place throughout the world ... We extend to you the Maori greeting of everyone being one people.”
Response: “You talked of your ancestors, how they had taken part in our meeting, and I do agree with you because if it was not for them you would not be here. You talked of our ancestors, taking part and making a meeting some place and somewhere; the ancestors are meeting because we have met. I do agree with you. “
Reflection: “When you just go and shake a man’s hand, it’s over. But when you bring him to a place where all your fathers rest and sing him a song for get on the same vibrations as him, and him sing you back a song, you know? Yes! That’s what I call a greeting!”
This meeting between Māori, a group of actors and Rasta musicians of the African Diaspora occurred in 1979 in Aotearoa New Zealand. How is it that these disparate ancestors can talk to each other? I explore this question by unpacking the colonial categorization of peoples and the imperial epistemology of time, space and relation.
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