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“I believe the reasons for the present rapid decline of primitive culture are not far to seek, and do not necessarily lie in a greater ability of the races of Europe and Asia. First of all, in appearance, these people were more alike to civilized man of their times than the races of Africa, Australia and America to the European invaders of later periods. When an individual had been assimilated in culture, he merged readily in the mass of the population and his descendants soon forgot their own ancestry. Not so in our times. A member of a foreign race always remains an outsider on account of his personal appearance.”

Franz Boas, The Mind of Primitive Man (1938)

Decline of primitive cultures
Decline of primitive cultures
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