Appeal for cultural equity

  • Alan Lomax American musicologist and collector of folk music in America and Europe, Columbia University, New York


Man has a more indirect relation to nature than most other animals because his environmental tie is normally mediated by a cultural system. Since human adaptation has been largely cultural rather than biological, human sub-species are rather the product of shifts in learned culture patterns than in genetically inherited traits. It is the flexibility of these culture patterns composed of technique, social organization, and communication that has enabled the human species to flourish in every zone of the planet.
How to Cite
Lomax, A. “Appeal for Cultural Equity”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 6, no. 1, July 1980, pp. 22-31, doi: