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Obeying Ellison's sense of jazz music's sacral embodiment, this priestess of the blues emerges not from on high but autochthonously, from the soil: over against the "meaningless artiness" of those who would affect to sing spirituals while barren of the spirit, Smith forever reminds her listeners "of the earth out of which we came" (12).
They came to life autochthonously as the classical Greek concept, and now anthropological term, would have it--out of the earth itself.
In addition, Heidegger's fundamental ontology and metaphysical history of being are exclusionary: only autochthonously rooted cultures have dignity and are entitled to reign.