Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

February 2016 Blog Posts (1)

'Is it OK if I use the word 'tribal'?' she said

Problems, problems yet again when using the word 'tribal' to describe tribal and ethnic jewellery.

I pull a dictionary down from the shelf... the Oxford English Dictionary 1976 (sixth edition) ... and search for the word. Here it is.

'Tribe - group of (primitive) clans under recognised chief and usually claiming common ancestor.'

Yes ... well... it shows the attitudes of the times. I remember that when we lived in southern Africa a long time ago, we avoided using the…

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Added by Thelma on February 4, 2016 at 13:25 — 16 Comments

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