In the West, technology is usually defined as applying knowledge to serve a practical purpose; among the Dagara and many other tribal cultures, technology is what keeps the individuals and the relationships between individuals and nature healthy....
In the office of a Silicon Valley engineer... I saw a poster that declared, "Any technology, sufficiently advanced, appears magical." What may be difficult for the Western mind to accept is the sophistication of a technology that includes so little machinery. But indigenous people are committed to ineracting with the natural world without consuming resources.
Malidoma Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa
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