He represents an extremely subversive vision with his interest in populations that were disdained. He paid careful attention, not touristically but profoundly, to the human beings on the earth who think differently from us. It’s a respect for others, which is very strong and very moving. He knew that cultural diversity is necessary for cultural creativity, for the future.
Landscape designer Gilles Clément speaking of Claude Lévi-Strauss at the anthropologist's 100th birthday party yesterday in Paris. The party was held at the Musée du quai Branly, for which Clément designed the grounds.
Of negligible interest: Clément compared the hundred year old Lévi-Strauss to a tortoise.