'....I was vividly aware, for instance, of houses which, though flimsy, had a majesty of sheer scale about them. For this houses were not so much built as knotted together, plaited, woven, embroidered, and given a patina by long use. Those who lived in them were not overwhelmed by great blocks of unyielding stone; these were houses that reacted immediately and with great flexibility to their presence, their very movement, whereas with us the opposite is the case.'

C. Lévi-Strauss. Het trieste der tropen. Reisverslag van een antropoloog. SUN. Nijmegen, 1985
Quoted in:
Guy Brett, Hélio Oiticica, Whitechapel Gallery, London