Appropiate Appropriations

from Ron Fricke’s 1992 “Baraka” (I got it through netflix)

at Burning Man 2007.

Honestly, I didn’t know whether to choose to be disgusted by yet another appropriation of indigenous cultural practice, or inspired that people are willing to step outside of what they think they know to adopt the unfamiliar. So many perspectives to choose from.

The chant performed above is commonly referred to as the Balinese Monkey Chant. It is originally known as Kecak (keh-chak). This is one of my favorite clips from Ron Fricke’s 1992 “Baraka” (“blessing”). Do check out the movie and let me know what you think.


2 thoughts on “Appropiate Appropriations

  1. Okay… so what we seem to have are spoiled children of wealthy europian parentage. So much time to waste… hint hint paris hilton… As to the chant…well that involves in-trancement. people were giggling in the second video clip, i.e; clearly no point of focus or devotion. therefore it wouldn’t seem as if probrable, (or however u spell that word) that the chant c/w/oulda manifested the affect of the chant/words of power. get the drift… Baraka meaning blessing. one leaves with the same words yet in the terms of Kemet. Hetepu=Htpu= Blessings.
    And a ? for you. Does/Did the first video (chants) bring the presence of a baraks’ obamanation?

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