Undetermined procedures for adapting tradition-bound cultures
Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Unclarified procedures for transposing ancient traditions
Because tribal people did not participate in the shaping of the technological society, they are being forced back to their ancient culture whose traditional forms are not applicable in present-day conditions. Their only source of uniqueness is the remembrance of the past. Transposing their deep wisdom, social forms and symbol system into meaningful and operable forms is closely connected with the challenge of self-sufficiency in the economic area.
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