$$$ and culture, does it work?

M A I N - E D I T O R I A L - I M A G E S - N E T W O R K

I suppose that's what this youth conference is about -gathering information, getting ideas from other indigenous groups. Murray Lui. For Indigenous groups entering the corporate world the transition has been in what many describe as a rough ride, it's a process which forces a comprimise- living in two worlds and deciding which one to participate in - is it possible to live in both?. In this rapidly changing world how does a group maintain their culture without being relegated to the bottom of the social level.

The corporate world runs solely on $$$ money and it's something indigenous groups around the globe are still trying to come to grips with. Is eco-tourism a path to maintain our culture or is it a double edged sword which could slice our cultures apart. We talk to some Youth delegates about their thoughts on Eco-tourism.

Murray Lui is from Coconut Island which is situated in Northern Australia. He comes from a long proud history of crayfishing - a booming industry which creates money and jobs for many Torres Strait Islanders. The land and sea provides his people with many resources which has earnt their respect for the past 40 000 years. He believes economic independance is an important avenue wich can help the culture survive without losing it's values or harming the environment a key element to self-determination... "education is the key.. I believe eco-tourism can work.. we have to eat it's a fact and being employed helps us achieve that.. I suppose that's what this youth conference is about gathering information.. getting ideas from other indigenous groups that kind of stuff".

What is The definition of Culture - culture is a group or body that develops itself changing to it's environment.. but resorting to cultural capitalism is the last thing on the mind of Greg Phillips, a welfare worker from the Queensland Waanyi Clan, Greg has been involved with his people's fight to keep mining companies out of the Waanyi's traditional land ... he says the land is a priceless spiritual connection, which has been untouched for thousands of years. Greg believes that big money has destroyed some parts of culture in Australia adding that money can act as a disadvantage if you're not used to it.. "if they do get heaps of money the trap is that people are'nt use to that money and I've seen indigenous communities around the world .. experiencing social disintergration when you have money without control that's very dangerous." Should indigenous groups invest in business enterprises, should we ”sell” our lifestyle to keep up on the social level , are we jeapordising our cultural values.We will have to find a balance Hopefully these questions will be talked about during the week.

Jeremy Geia.
Australian journalist at
the WIYC conference.

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