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Cultural Cross-Pollination: A Case Study with Maori and Mormons
Prevailing wisdom, perhaps a "politically correct" wisdom, maintains that the culture of an indigenous people is generally tainted by exposure to foreign influence. Perhaps worse than tainted--lost languages, homelands, traditions, and identities--the all too frequent fallout of imported culture. But is there any room for the idea of a positive, cultural cross-pollination without detriment? On today's Thinking Aloud we're talking to historian Grant Underwood about a test case, perhaps an unusual one: the encounter between the Maori people and the Mormons.—Original airdate: 4/17/2008

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