Not so much about material culture as the way in which culture persists (and kind of sucks)

In her afterword, Ulrich discusses the yeoman farmer, situated between the aristocrat and the savage. The comfortable pastoral ideal feels very current (albeit in a rather less pasture-centric manner) in political discourse, so focused upon the rhetorically idealized middle class. The line from Lazy Indians to Welfare Queens is pretty clear; the specific skin tone implied is irrelevant, except insofar as it is not white. One of Przybysz’s quotes (415) of privileged male discomfort as the object of a Gaze echoes some of the unfortunate sex/race/class undertones of “don’t touch my junk” outrage at TSA policies.