Wisdom Sits in Places

Wisdom Sits in Places
Author: Keith H. Basso
Pages: 171
ISBN: 0826317243
Available:
Release: 1996
Editor: UNM Press
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Explores the connections of place, language, wisdom, and morality among the Western Apache.

Wisdom Sits in Places

Wisdom Sits in Places
Author: Keith H. Basso
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780826327055
Available:
Release: 1996-08-01
Editor: UNM Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This remarkable book introduces us to four unforgettable Apache people, each of whom offers a different take on the significance of places in their culture. Apache conceptions of wisdom, manners and morals, and of their own history are inextricably intertwined with place, and by allowing us to overhear his conversations with Apaches on these subjects Basso expands our awareness of what place can mean to people. Most of us use the term sense of place often and rather carelessly when we think of nature or home or literature. Our senses of place, however, come not only from our individual experiences but also from our cultures. Wisdom Sits in Places, the first sustained study of places and place-names by an anthropologist, explores place, places, and what they mean to a particular group of people, the Western Apache in Arizona. For more than thirty years, Keith Basso has been doing fieldwork among the Western Apache, and now he shares with us what he has learned of Apache place-names--where they come from and what they mean to Apaches. "This is indeed a brilliant exposition of landscape and language in the world of the Western Apache. But it is more than that. Keith Basso gives us to understand something about the sacred and indivisible nature of words and place. And this is a universal equation, a balance in the universe. Place may be the first of all concepts; it may be the oldest of all words."--N. Scott Momaday "In Wisdom Sits in Places Keith Basso lifts a veil on the most elemental poetry of human experience, which is the naming of the world. In so doing he invests his scholarship with that rarest of scholarly qualities: a sense of spiritual exploration. Through his clear eyes we glimpse the spirit of a remarkable people and their land, and when we look away, we see our own world afresh."--William deBuys "A very exciting book--authoritative, fully informed, extremely thoughtful, and also engagingly written and a joy to read. Guiding us vividly among the landscapes and related story-tellings of the Western Apache, Basso explores in a highly readable way the role of language in the complex but compelling theme of a people's attachment to place. An important book by an eminent scholar."--Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.

Wisdom Sits in Places

Wisdom Sits in Places
Author: Keith H. Basso
Pages: 171
ISBN: 0826317235
Available:
Release: 1996
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Explores the connections of place, language, wisdom, and morality among the Western Apache.

The Cibecue Apache

The Cibecue Apache
Author: Keith H. Basso
Pages: 106
ISBN: 9781478631033
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Release: 1986-02-01
Editor: Waveland Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Cultural anthropologist Keith H. Basso (1940–2013) was noted for his long-term research of the Western Apaches, specifically those from the modern community of Cibecue, Arizona, the site of his ethnographic and linguistic research for fifty-four years. One of his earliest works, The Cibecue Apache, has now been read by generations of students. It captures the true character of Apache culture not only because of its objective analyses and descriptions but also because of the author’s belief in allowing the people to speak for themselves. Basso learned their language, became a trusted friend and intimate, and returned to the field often to gather data, participate, and observe. Basso’s goal in this now-classic work is to describe Cibecue Apache perceptions, experiences, conflicts, and indecision. A primary aim is to depict portions of the Western Apache belief system, especially those dealing with the supernatural. Emphasis is also given to the girls’ puberty ceremony, its meaning and functions, as well as modern Apache economic and political life.

Don t Let the Sun Step Over You

Don t Let the Sun Step Over You
Author: Eva Tulene Watt
Pages: 340
ISBN: 9780816523917
Available:
Release: 2004
Editor: University of Arizona Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When the Apache wars ended in the late nineteenth century, a harsh and harrowing time began for the Western Apache people. Living under the authority of nervous Indian agents, pitiless government-school officials, and menacing mounted police, they knew that resistance to American authority would be foolish. But some Apache families did resist in the most basic way they could: they resolved to endure. Although Apache history has inspired numerous works by non-Indian authors, Apache people themselves have been reluctant to comment at length on their own past. Eva Tulene Watt, born in 1913, now shares the story of her family from the time of the Apache wars to the modern era. Her narrative presents a view of history that differs fundamentally from conventional approaches, which have almost nothing to say about the daily lives of Apache men and women, their values and social practices, and the singular abilities that enabled them to survive. In a voice that is spare, factual, and unflinchingly direct, Mrs. Watt reveals how the Western Apaches carried on in the face of poverty, hardship, and disease. Her interpretation of her peopleÕs past is a diverse assemblage of recounted events, biographical sketches, and cultural descriptions that bring to life a vanished time and the men and women who lived it to the fullest. We share her and her familyÕs travels and troubles. We learn how the Apache people struggled daily to find work, shelter, food, health, laughter, solace, and everything else that people in any community seek. Richly illustrated with more than 50 photographs, DonÕt Let the Sun Step Over You is a rare and remarkable book that affords a view of the past that few have seen beforeÑa wholly Apache view, unsettling yet uplifting, which weighs upon the mind and educates the heart.

Human Evolution Language and Mind

Human Evolution  Language and Mind
Author: William Noble,Iain Davidson
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0521576350
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Release: 1996-07-26
Editor: CUP Archive
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Annotation pending.

Indigenous Peoples of North America

Indigenous Peoples of North America
Author: Robert James Muckle
Pages: 198
ISBN: 9781442603561
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Release: 2012
Editor: University of Toronto Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this thoughtful book, Robert J. Muckle provides a brief, thematic overview of the key issues facing Indigenous peoples in North America from prehistory to the present.

Do Glaciers Listen

Do Glaciers Listen
Author: Julie Cruikshank
Pages: 328
ISBN: 0774859768
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Release: 2010-10-01
Editor: UBC Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Do Glaciers Listen? explores the conflicting depictions of glaciers to show how natural and cultural histories are objectively entangled in the Mount Saint Elias ranges. This rugged area, where Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory now meet, underwent significant geophysical change in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which coincided with dramatic social upheaval resulting from European exploration and increased travel and trade among Aboriginal peoples. European visitors brought with them varying conceptions of nature as sublime, as spiritual, or as a resource for human progress. They saw glaciers as inanimate, subject to empirical investigation and measurement. Aboriginal oral histories, conversely, described glaciers as sentient, animate, and quick to respond to human behaviour. In each case, however, the experiences and ideas surrounding glaciers were incorporated into interpretations of social relations. Focusing on these contrasting views during the late stages of the Little Ice Age (1550-1900), Cruikshank demonstrates how local knowledge is produced, rather than discovered, through colonial encounters, and how it often conjoins social and biophysical processes. She then traces how the divergent views weave through contemporary debates about cultural meanings as well as current discussions about protected areas, parks, and the new World Heritage site. Readers interested in anthropology and Native and northern studies will find this a fascinating read and a rich addition to circumpolar literature.

Anthropology Economics and Choice

Anthropology  Economics  and Choice
Author: Michael Chibnik
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780292742451
Available:
Release: 2011-11-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the midst of global recession, angry citizens and media pundits often offer simplistic theories about how bad decisions lead to crises. Many economists, however, base their analyses on rational choice theory, which assumes that decisions are made by well-informed, intelligent people who weigh risks, costs, and benefits. Taking a more realistic approach, the field of anthropology carefully looks at the underlying causes of choices at different times and places. Using case studies of choices by farmers, artisans, and bureaucrats drawn from Michael Chibnik's research in Mexico, Peru, Belize, and the United States, Anthropology, Economics, and Choice presents a clear-eyed perspective on human actions and their economic consequences. Five key issues are explored in-depth: choices between paid and unpaid work; ways people deal with risk and uncertainty; how individuals decide whether to cooperate; the extent to which households can be regarded as decision-making units; and the "tragedy of the commons," the theory that social chaos may result from unrestricted access to commonly owned property. Both an accessible primer and an innovative exploration of economic anthropology, this interdisciplinary work brings fresh insight to a timely topic.

Living Language

Living Language
Author: Laura M. Ahearn
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9781119060604
Available:
Release: 2016-12-19
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Revised and updated of the previous edition: 2012.

Nationalism and the Politics of Culture in Quebec

Nationalism and the Politics of Culture in Quebec
Author: Richard Handler
Pages: 217
ISBN: 0299115143
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Release: 1988
Editor: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Richard Handler's pathbreaking study of nationalistic politics in Quebec is a striking and successful example of the new experimental type of ethnography, interdisciplinary in nature and intensively concerned with rhetoric and not only of anthropologists but also of scholars in a wide range of fields, and it is likely to stir sharp controversy. Bringing together methodologies of history, sociology, political science, and philosophy, as well as anthropology, Handler centers on the period 1976–1984, during which the independantiste Parti Québéois was in control of the provincial government and nationalistic sentiment was especially strong. Handler draws on historical and archival research, and on interviews with Quebec and Canadian government officials, as he addresses the central question: Given the similarities between the epistemologies of both anthropology and nationalist ideology, how can one write an ethnography of nationalism that does not simply reproduce—and thereby endorse—nationalistic beliefs? Handler analyzes various responses to the nationalist vision of a threatened existence. He examines cultural tourism, ideology of the Quebec government, legislations concerning historical preservation, language legislation and policies towards immigrants and “cultural minorities.” He concludes with a thoughtful meditation on the futility of nationalisms.

Center Places and Cherokee Towns

Center Places and Cherokee Towns
Author: Christopher B. Rodning
Pages: 257
ISBN: 9780817318413
Available:
Release: 2015-08-15
Editor: University of Alabama Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Center Places and Cherokee Towns examines the ways architecture and other aspects of the built environment, such as hearths, burials, and earthen mounds and embankments, formed center places within the Cherokee cultural landscape of the southern Appalachians from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries.

Navajo Kinship and Marriage

Navajo Kinship and Marriage
Author: Gary Witherspoon
Pages: 137
ISBN: 0226904180
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Release: 1975
Editor: University of Chicago Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Foreword David M. Schneider Preface 1: Kinship as a Cultural System 2: Mother and Child and the Nature of Kinship 3: Marriage and the Nature of Affinity 4: Father and Child 5: The Descent System 6: The Concepts of Sex, Generation, Sibling Order, and Distance 7: Kinship and Affinal Solidarity as Symbolized in the Enemyway 8: Social Organization in the Rough Rock-Black Mountain Area 9: Residence in the Subsistence Residential Unit 10: Subsistence in the Subsistence Residential Unit 11: Unity in the Subsistence Residential Unit 12: The Navajo Outfit as a Set of Related Subsistence Residential Units13: The Web of Affinity 14: The Social Universe of the Navajo Notes Bibliography Index Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Life Lived Like a Story

Life Lived Like a Story
Author: Julie Cruikshank
Pages: 428
ISBN: 0774804130
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Release: 1992
Editor: UBC Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The life stories of three remarkable and gifted women of Athapaskan and Tlingit ancestry who were born in the southern Yukon Territory around the turn of the century - when storytelling provides a customary framework for discussing the past.

We Are Our Language

We Are Our Language
Author: Barbra A. Meek
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780816504480
Available:
Release: 2012-02-01
Editor: University of Arizona Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For many communities around the world, the revitalization or at least the preservation of an indigenous language is a pressing concern. Understanding the issue involves far more than compiling simple usage statistics or documenting the grammar of a tongue—it requires examining the social practices and philosophies that affect indigenous language survival. In presenting the case of Kaska, an endangered language in an Athabascan community in the Yukon, Barbra Meek asserts that language revitalization requires more than just linguistic rehabilitation; it demands a social transformation. The process must mend rips and tears in the social fabric of the language community that result from an enduring colonial history focused on termination. These "disjunctures" include government policies conflicting with community goals, widely varying teaching methods and generational viewpoints, and even clashing ideologies within the language community. This book provides a detailed investigation of language revitalization based on more than two years of active participation in local language renewal efforts. Each chapter focuses on a different dimension, such as spelling and expertise, conversation and social status, family practices, and bureaucratic involvement in local language choices. Each situation illustrates the balance between the desire for linguistic continuity and the reality of disruption. We Are Our Language reveals the subtle ways in which different conceptions and practices—historical, material, and interactional—can variably affect the state of an indigenous language, and it offers a critical step toward redefining success and achieving revitalization.

A Culture of Stone

A Culture of Stone
Author: Carolyn J Dean
Pages: 323
ISBN: 9780822393177
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Release: 2010-10-21
Editor: Duke University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A major contribution to both art history and Latin American studies, A Culture of Stone offers sophisticated new insights into Inka culture and the interpretation of non-Western art. Carolyn Dean focuses on rock outcrops masterfully integrated into Inka architecture, exquisitely worked masonry, and freestanding sacred rocks, explaining how certain stones took on lives of their own and played a vital role in the unfolding of Inka history. Examining the multiple uses of stone, she argues that the Inka understood building in stone as a way of ordering the chaos of unordered nature, converting untamed spaces into domesticated places, and laying claim to new territories. Dean contends that understanding what the rocks signified requires seeing them as the Inka saw them: as potentially animate, sentient, and sacred. Through careful analysis of Inka stonework, colonial-period accounts of the Inka, and contemporary ethnographic and folkloric studies of indigenous Andean culture, Dean reconstructs the relationships between stonework and other aspects of Inka life, including imperial expansion, worship, and agriculture. She also scrutinizes meanings imposed on Inka stone by the colonial Spanish and, later, by tourism and the tourist industry. A Culture of Stone is a compelling multidisciplinary argument for rethinking how we see and comprehend the Inka past.

Senses of Place

Senses of Place
Author: Steven Feld,Keith H. Basso
Pages: 308
ISBN: 0852559003
Available:
Release: 1999-01-01
Editor: James Currey
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The articles collected here consider the construction of place in both a physical and conceptual sense. They discuss how places are created by, and help to create, the people who live in them.

Language Discourse and Power in African American Culture

Language  Discourse and Power in African American Culture
Author: Marcyliena Morgan
Pages: 181
ISBN: 0521001498
Available:
Release: 2002-07-04
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Covers the entire field of African American language in the United States.

Portraits of the Whiteman

Portraits of  the Whiteman
Author: Keith H. Basso
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9781107392786
Available:
Release: 1979-08-31
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'The Whiteman' is one of the most powerful and pervasive symbols in contemporary American Indian cultures. Portraits of 'the Whiteman': linguistic play and cultural symbols among the Western Apache investigates a complex form of joking in which Apaches stage carefully crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans and, by means of these characterizations, give audible voice and visible substance to their conceptions of this most pressing of social 'problems'. Keith Basso's essay, based on linguistic and ethnographic materials collected in Cibecue, a Western Apache community, provides interpretations of selected joking encounters to demonstrate how Apaches go about making sense of the behaviour of Anglo-Americans. This study draws on theory in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical model of human communication developed by Erving Goffman. Although the assumptions and premises that shape these areas of inquiry are held by some to be quite disparate, this analysis shows them to be fully compatible and mutually complementary.

Educating Everybody s Children

Educating Everybody s Children
Author: Robert W. Cole W. Cole
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9781416612490
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Release: 2008-06-15
Editor: ASCD
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Designed to promote reflection, discussion, and action among the entire learning community, Educating Everybody's Children encapsulates what research has revealed about successfully addressing the needs of students from economically, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse groups and identifies a wide range of effective principles and instructional strategies. Although good teaching works well with all students, educators must develop an extensive repertoire of instructional tools to meet the varying needs of students from diverse backgrounds. Those tools and the knowledge base behind them are the foundation of this expanded and revised second edition of Educating Everybody's Children. Each strategy discussed in the book includes classroom examples and a list of the research studies that support it. The most important thing we have learned as a result of the education reform movement is that student achievement stands or falls on the motivation and skills of teachers. We must ensure that all teachers are capable of delivering a standards‐based curriculum that describes what students should know and be able to do, and that these standards are delivered by means of a rich and engaging "pedagogy of plenty." By these two acts we can ensure that all schools will be ready and able to educate everybody's children.