Strikes me that the attitude here is akin to that of Ulster Orangemen who insist on marching through Catholic communities because they used to march there when the only occupants were sheep. Why should tradition be synonymous with inflexibility? Orange marches are not academic historical re-enactment; nor, for the most part, is morris dancing. Both are presented as in some way being relevant to the present day, "living" traditions, no? Most living organisms are capable of adaptation: that's why they're successful.