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Learning Native WisdomWhat Traditional Cultures Teach Us about Subsistence, Sustainibility, and Spirtuality$
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Gary Holthaus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124872

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.001.0001

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Functional Cultures and Structural Cultures

Functional Cultures and Structural Cultures

(p.50) Functional Cultures and Structural Cultures
Learning Native Wisdom

Gary Holthaus

University Press of Kentucky

In Gary Snyder's e-mail message to the author, “The Three Lineages” of human beings are illustrated as the Children of Abraham, the Descendants of the Primates, and the Sons and Daughters of the Bear Mother. All three human lineages reveal the influence and eclectic thoughts of various cultures in the context of short-term cultures and social and environmental relations. Climatologists suggest that it would take only a few decades for the destructive tendencies of climate change to take place. In this chapter, the author introduces functional cultures and structural cultures. Although both have structures, the former are organized around them and around several other cultural elements. Understanding functional culture would entail wisdom on people's survival while structural culture is knowledge that results in personal advancement.

Keywords:   personal advancement, structural culture, functional culture, survival, lineages

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