Some Cultural Narrative Themes and Variations in the Common Law

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Cultural expressions and an identity with them bind a
community and define it against others. In North America, for
example, appellations such as Cherokees for an indigenous nation, designs such as the Snuneymuxw First Nation’s rock carvings or petroglyphs, and names such as Pocahontas evoke and supply narratives of history, meanings, and values shared among individuals to nourish a sense of both individual identity and community belonging, and to distinguish one community of such individuals from other communities. The authenticity and meaning of cultural expressions often lie in the integrity of their form and context. Cultural expressions may however be reproduced and revised with the same ease as other intellectual properties of their genre.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-862
Number of pages26
JournalThe Trade-Mark Reporter
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


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