Open Letter to the Spanish Government

Using Your Funds to Save Cultures, Not to Destroy Them

in Anthropology in Action

Dear Members of the Spanish Government and Spanish Citizens,

Over the past several months, you began to give me, and many of the world’s peoples, great hope. It appeared that you were helping to open a new era of cultural protections and reversal of colonial legacies across the globe, as a beacon of light from the developed world. Unlike other countries who have continued to view development spending as a way to promote their own national economic greed, Spain seemed genuinely committed to protecting the cultures and heritage of the planet in a way that would protect our common future and reflect the best of humankind’s joint hopes. It is urgent that you step in now to fulfil your promise and to save the cultural diversity and heritage that you are now inadvertently destroying.

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Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice