Bouie: I define and model the term culture bearer as one who visibly carries their culture with them and helps to spread it by being authentically visible in all communities.
Cutno: How do you define the term “culture bearer”?
1A. For most, if not all, cultures the nature-culture distinction is of paramount importance. A basic paradox of human existence centers on the fact that as biological beings were are part of the natural world, yet that which makes us human sets us apart from all other members of that natural world. Once a society settles on a cluster of symbols for human culture -- use of fire, speech, and agriculture are common -- the society explains how humans attain these items. Interestingly, it is rarely a simple gift of all the gods. More often, a culture-bearer, divine, human, or even animal, delivers these gifts -- at a price. The elements that set humankind apart from the animals also create a tension between humankind and the gods. The process of becoming fully human inevitably means the end of the paradaisical age.
What criteria do you use to determine to whom the term applies?
1B. Any individual, especially a migrant, who carries, and thus diffuses, cultural values and traits between societies. The role of culture bearers is particularly important within those cultures undergoing transition or experiencing threat from outside the culture.