There is a nefarious tendency to consider material manifestations as traditions. If we accept such absurd criteria, then horses among the Plains Indians and Indian beadwork must be seen as untraditional. Traditions exist and are guarded by Indian communities. One of the most important of these is dynamism. Constant change — adaptability, the inclusion of new ways and materials — is a tradition that our artists have particularly celebrated and have used to move and strengthen our societies Jimmie Durham, A Certain Lack of Coherence: Writings on Art and Cultural Politics (London: Kala Press, 1993), 108.
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