I'd like to explore the role of song and dance in permaculture. Permaculture started out as sustainable agriculture but grew to encompass society as a whole, from establishing a sense of community to local currencies. Among our human needs, food is certainly a biggie but as I see it permaculture has expanded to embrace other needs as well. This is where song and dance come in. To my knowledge, all indiginous cultures incorporate them into their lives. This leads me to believe that singing and dancing are also needs, perhaps spiritual ones. Before the petroleum age really got underway, singing and dancing were part of people's lives. Now this is relegated to highly skilled (or at least highly paid) performance artists and the rest of us have become passive spectators. As an aside, I was reading to my son a book about the Wright brothers and was surprised to find that often after a hard day of flying their airplane/glider at Kitty Hawk they got together at night with other men and sang, played the banjo and harmonica. So perhaps part of our descent into a postpetroleum age would be to bring back singing and dancing into everyday life, something that everyone does, whether they're good at it or not. Any thoughts?