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   "Folks, there's nothing left from the Linguistics division. We lost all the indigenous languages collection: the recordings since 1958, the chants in all the languages for which there are no native speakers alive anymore, the Curt Niemuendaju archives: papers, photos, negatives, the original ethnic-historic-linguistic map localizing all the ethnic groups in Brazil, the only record that we had from 1945. The ethnological and archeological references of all ethnic groups in Brazil since the 16th century... An irreparable loss of our historic memory. It just hurts so much to see all in ashes."

Cira Gonda, translated by Diogo Almeida, about the fire at Brazil's National Museum.  

by generic on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 11:26:00 AM EST
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I checked that site this weekend after a long separation and read through the interviewing/job search post. This advice was disappointing at a lot of levels.

Found the fire news elsewhere while searching for (not trade) news about employment of anthropologists. Ended up reading more than I cared about Brazil's royal family.

Considered rereading 100 Years of Solitude.

A lot of consequences tied up in that event go unmentioned. I'm not alluding to replacement value.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 03:55:18 PM EST
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