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Culture is created by the people.

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Writing in the “First National Festival of Popular Dance” published in 1978, the late Mozambican President, Samora Machel said the people created culture because they own land and have inspiration from their pains and hopes.

“Culture is created by the people/ the artists don’t create it/ Bourgeoisie doesn’t produce art/ it lacks the land/ it lacks the inspiration/ The people are inspired everyday/ look at the peasants/ Their music talks of their life/ of tilling, harvesting, watering/ It sings of how rice, pumpkin and ear were harvested/ labouring, sweating under the sun/ watering the land with his sweat/ the peasant sings/ The peasant comes back home with a bucket of water on the head/ thinks that she must light a fire to cook/ lives life and sings life/ During the night, in the hours of rest/ when the full moon lights her/ she sings to her work, tells her pains/ her sufferings, her hopes/ she sings happiness, sings dance/ it can be sad or joyful/ a reference to history/ or even an episode of the  everyday/ but be as it might, it has a real meaning/ it defies an enemy/ and how to fight against this enemy.”


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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