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ASIA'S CULTURAL MOSAIC

ASIA'S CULTURAL MOSAIC

By: Evans, Grant
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An introduction to Asia from an anthropological point of view, discussing themes concerning the economy, kinship, religion, gender, caste and the state.
BEYOND WAR: HUMAN POTENTIAL FOR PEACE

BEYOND WAR: HUMAN POTENTIAL FOR PEACE

By: Fry, Douglas P
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A profoundly heartening view of human nature, Beyond War offers a hopeful prognosis for a future without war. Douglas P. Fry convincingly argues that our ancient ancestors were not innately warlike--and neither are we. He points out that, for perhaps ninety-nine percent of our history, for well over a million years, humans lived in nomadic hunter-and-gatherer groups, egalitarian bands where warfare was a rarity. Drawing on archaeology and fascinating recent fieldwork on hunter-gatherer bands from around the world, Fry debunks the idea that war is ancient and inevitable. For instance, among Aboriginal Australians, warfare was an extreme anomaly. Fry also points out that even today, when war seems ever present, the vast majority of us live peaceful, nonviolent lives. We are not as warlike as we think, and if we can learn from our ancestors, we may be able to move beyond war to provide real justice and security for the world.
DARKNESS IN EL DORADO: How Scientists and Journalists Devestated the Amazon

DARKNESS IN EL DORADO: How Scientists and Journalists Devestated the Amazon

By: Tierney, Patrick
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Thought to be the last virgin people, the Yanomami were considered the most savage and warlike tribe on earth, as well as one of the most remote, secreted in the jungles and highlands of the Venezuelan and Brazilian rainforest. Preeminent anthropologists like Napoleon Chagnon and Jacques Lizot founded their careers in the 1960s by discovering the Yanomami's ferocious warfare and sexual competition. Their research is now examined in painstaking detail by Patrick Tierney, whose book has prompted the American Anthropological Association to launch a major investigation into the charges, and has ignited the academic world like no other book in recent years. The most important book on anthropology in decades, Darkness in El Dorado will be a work to be reckoned with by a new generation of students the world over. A National Book Award finalist; a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year. 16 pages of b/w photographs. In many respects, the most important book ever written about the Yanomami....--Leslie Sponsel, University of Hawaii An astonishing tale of scientific vainglory and blinding pride....Subtly argued and powerfully written.--The National Book Award Foundation Judges' Citation [A] tale of self-interested agendas carried to such extremes as to seem an anthropological Heart of Darkness.--Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2000 [W]ill become a classic in anthropological literature, sparking countless debates.--The New York Times Book Review, John Horgan Its most immediate effect may be to provoke a needed dialogue on the crucial importance of informed consent in anthropology.--The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban An enthralling and well-researched look at the unscrupulous practices of anthropology and journalism.--Booklist, Vanessa Bush Copiously annotated and well documented... the culmination of a decade-long study of what Tierney claims is false science.--Publishers Weekly starred review Nowhere is there a better case study of the effects of intervention on tribal peoples...--Christian Science Monitor [A] brilliant and shocking book....This book should shake anthropology to its very foundations.--Terrence Collins, Carnegie Mellon University An extremely important contribution.--John Frechione, University of Pittsburgh [C]arefully researched and documented...reveals an interlocking series of scandals that constitute the most flagrant violations of scientific ethics...--Terrence Turner, Carnegie Mellon University [A] devastatingly truthful story of massive genocide in contemporary times.--Chief Wilma Mankiller, Board Member, The Ford Foundation The case of Napoleon Chagnon, as harrowingly documented by Patrick Tierney, appears to be an archetypal and unbelievably appalling one.--Alex Shoumatoff, author of The Rivers Amazon, and The World is Burning
DRYLONGSO: A Self-Portrait of Black America

DRYLONGSO: A Self-Portrait of Black America

By: Gwaltney, John Langston
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In writing his Self-Portrait of Black America, anthropologist, folklorist, and humanist John Gwaltney went in search of Core Black People--the ordinary men and women who make up black America--and asked them to define their culture. Their responses, recorded in Drylongso, are to American oral history what blues and jazz are to American music. If the people in William H. Johnson's and Jacob Lawrence's paintings could talk, this is what they would say.


EMERGENCE OF HUMANKIND

By: Pfeiffer, John E
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FOREST OF TIME

By: Nabokov, Peter
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A Forest of Time is the first introduction for undergraduates and graduates, Western and Indian history buffs, and general readers to the notion that American Indian societies had vital interests in interpreting and transmitting their own ways for themselves. Through separate discussions of legends and oral histories, creation stories and folktales, it illustrates how various Indian peoples related and commented upon their changing times. Drawing upon his own varied research as well as sampling the latest in scholarship from ethnohistory, anthropology, folklore and Indian Studies, Dr. Nabokov offers dramatic examples of how native peoples put rituals and material culture, landscape, prophecies, and even the English language to the urgent task of keeping the past alive and relevant. Throughout these lively chapters, we also witness the American Indian historical imagination deployed as a coping skill and survival strategy. This book surveys the latest integrating ideas while offering a useful bibliography that opens up, and demands that we engage with, alternative chronicles for America's multi-cultural past. Peter Navokov is Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures and American Indian Studies Program at UCLA. He is the author of several books, including Native American Architecture, (Oxford, 1991, co-author Robert Easton) which won the American Institue of Architects honor award and the Bay Area Book Reviewer Association Award. His book Native American Testimony (Thomas Y. Crowell, 1978) was named the American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults and Library School Journal Best Book 1978 in addition to receiving the Carter G. Woodson Award. His work as a journalist in 1967 earned him prizes from the Albuquerque Press Association and the New Mexico Press Association.
GIFT

GIFT

By: Mauss, Marcel
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I, THE SONG: Classical Poetry of Native North America

I, THE SONG: Classical Poetry of Native North America

By: Soens, Jill M
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I, the Song is an introduction to the rich and complex classical North American poetry that grew out of and reflects Indian life before the European invasion. No generalization can hold true for all the classical poems of North American Indians. They spring from thirty thousand years of experience, five hundred languages and dialects, and ten linguistic groups and general cultures. But the poems from these different cultures and languages belong to poetry unified by similar experiences and shared continent.

Built on early transcriptions of Native American "songs" and arranged by subject, these poems are informed by additional context that enables readers to appreciate more fully their imagery, their cultural basis, and the moment that produced them. They let us look at our continent through the eyes of a wide range of people: poets, hunters, farmers, holy men and women, and children. This poetry achieved its vividness, clarity, and intense emotional powers partly because the singers made their poems for active use as well as beauty, and also because they made them for singing or chanting rather than isolated reading.

Most striking, classical North American Indian poetry brings us flashes of timeless vision and absolute perception: a gull's wing red over the dawn; snow-capped peaks in the moonlight; a death song. Flowing beneath them is a powerful current: the urge to achieve a selfless attention to the universe and a determination to see and delight in the universe on its own terms.

LAKOTAS AND THE BLACK HILLS: The Struggle for Sacred Ground

LAKOTAS AND THE BLACK HILLS: The Struggle for Sacred Ground

By: Ostler, Jeffrey
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A concise and engrossing account of the Lakota and the battle to regain their homeland.

The Lakota Indians made their home in the majestic Black Hills mountain range during the last millennium, drawing on the hills' endless bounty for physical and spiritual sustenance. Yet the arrival of white settlers brought the Lakotas into inexorable conflict with the changing world, at a time when their tribe would produce some of the most famous Native Americans in history, including Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse. Jeffrey Ostler's powerful history of the Lakotas' struggle captures the heart of a people whose deep relationship with their homeland would compel them to fight for it against overwhelming odds, on battlefields as varied as the Little Bighorn and the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court.

LEWIS & CLARK THROUGH INDIAN EYES

LEWIS & CLARK THROUGH INDIAN EYES

By: Josephy, Alvin M
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At the heart of this landmark collection of essays rests a single question: What impact, good or bad, immediate or long-range, did Lewis and Clark's journey have on the Indians whose homelands they traversed? The nine writers in this volume each provide their own unique answers; from Pulitzer prize-winner N. Scott Momaday, who offers a haunting essay evoking the voices of the past; to Debra Magpie Earling's illumination of her ancestral family, their survival, and the magic they use to this day; to Mark N. Trahant's attempt to trace his own blood back to Clark himself; and Roberta Conner's comparisons of the explorer's journals with the accounts of the expedition passed down to her. Incisive and compelling, these essays shed new light on our understanding of this landmark journey into the American West.

MANKILLER: A CHIEF & HER PEOPLE

MANKILLER: A CHIEF & HER PEOPLE

By: Mankiller, Wilma Pearl
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She was reared on Mankiller Flats, in rural Oklahoma, a time long before the modern Native American movement was born. She knew early on that she came from a proud and courageous people, even though her own family circumstances were poor. Relocated by the government to California when she was ten, she became a citizen of two disparate worlds, the insular Cherokee dominion of Adair County in Oklahoma, and the racist, often unforgiving, streets of modern America. Here in Mankiller, the long-awaited autobiography by one of America's foremost leaders, Chief Wilma Mankiller shares for the first time her personal odyssey through the watershed decades of some of the most turbulent times in American history. Her story details the dawning of the Native American civil rights struggle and how the genesis of that movement mirrored her own search for meaning and balance as a woman of two cultures. A true child of the sixties, Chief Mankiller experienced her own political awakening after participating in the occupation of Alcatraz Island. In addition to her role as wife and mother, she planted her feet, at first tenuously, later more forcefully, on the course that eventually led her to assume her current role as head of state for a sovereign nation of native people. Along the way, Chief Mankiller candidly shares her own travails, including a near-fatal automobile collision that cost the life of her close friend and a kidney transplant operation that almost took her life. What makes Mankiller so unusual is that it tells not only her personal story, but honors and recounts the complex history of the Cherokee Nation, including the horrific Trail of Tears, which claimed the lives of more than fourthousand Cherokees. Alternating these historical chapters with her own life story, she movingly describes the short-lived glory of the "Golden Age of the Cherokees, " the depredations of Reconstruction, the Dawes Act, and boarding schools whose goal it was to deprive Cherokee children o
ME & MINE: LIFE STORY OF HELEN SEKAQUAPTEWA

ME & MINE: LIFE STORY OF HELEN SEKAQUAPTEWA

By: Udall, Louise
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An energetic Hopi woman emerges from a traditional family background to embrace the more conventional way of life in American today. Enchanting and enlightening--a rare piece of primary source anthropology.
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MEHINAKU: The Drama of Daily Life in a Brazilian Indian Village

By: Gregor, Thomas
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Thomas Gregor sees the Mehinaku Indians of central Brazil as performers of roles, engaged in an ongoing improvisational drama of community life. The layout of the village and the architecture of the houses make the community a natural theater in the round, rendering the villagers' actions highly visible and audible. Lacking privacy, the Mehinaku have become masters of stagecraft and impression management, enthusiastically publicizing their good citizenship while ingeniously covering up such embarrassments as extramarital affairs and theft.
MISTRUST: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC THEORY

MISTRUST: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC THEORY

By: Carey, Matthew
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Trust occupies a unique place in contemporary discourse. Seen as both necessary and virtuous, it is variously depicted as enhancing the social fabric, lowering crime rates, increasing happiness, and generating prosperity. It allows for complex political systems, permits human communication, underpins financial instruments and economic institutions, and generally holds society together. Against these overwhelmingly laudable qualities, mistrust often goes unnoticed as a positive social phenomenon, treated as little more than a corrosive absence, a mere negative of trust itself. With this book, Matthew Carey proposes an ethnographic and conceptual exploration of mistrust that raises it up as legitimate stance in its own right.

While mistrust can quickly ruin relationships and even dissolve extensive social ties, Carey shows that it might have other values. Drawing on fieldwork in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains as well as comparative material from regions stretching from Eastern Europe to Melanesia, he examines the impact of mistrust on practices of conversation and communication, friendship and society, and politics and cooperation. In doing so, he demonstrates that trust is not the only basis for organizing human society and cooperating with others. The result is a provocative but enlightening work that makes us rethink social issues such as suspicion, doubt, and uncertainty.

MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS

MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS

By: Kidder, Tracy
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This compelling and inspiring book, now in a deluxe paperback edition, shows how one person can work wonders. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize--winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life's calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder's magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity." At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb "Beyond mountains there are mountains"-as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

"Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with a force of gathering revelation," says Annie Dillard, and Jonathan Harr notes, "[Paul Farmer] wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you see it."

NATIVE TIME: A HISTORICAL TIME LINE

NATIVE TIME: A HISTORICAL TIME LINE

By: Francis, Lee
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"Native Time" is a beautifully rendered and comprehensive volume, containing one hundred photographs, that captures the experiences of Native Americans. It illuminates the history, literature, art, and philosophy of Native inhabitants, who have lived on this continent for over two hundred centuries, casting a desperately needed perspective on the history of the land.
NEW WORLD OF INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE

NEW WORLD OF INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE

By: Chomsky, Noam
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Indigenous societies throughout Latin America are facing difficult choices. After centuries of colonization, the ongoing struggle to preserve communal knowledge, rituals, language, traditions, teaching and learning practices has taken on even more significance in the increasingly standardized world of globalization. For many indigenous societies, protecting community-based customs has involved the rejection of state-provided education, raising a series of interconnected issues regarding autonomy, modernity and cultural sustainability.

In New World of Indigenous Resistance, these questions are approached from multiple perspectives by means of an innovative exchange between linguist and human rights advocate Noam Chomsky, and more than twenty scholars, activists and educators from across the Americas.

Two interviews with Chomsky open the exchange with lessons from world history, linguistics, economics and anti-authoritarian philosophy, parallel histories of peoples worldwide who have resisted state power while attempting to sustain or even revitalize community traditions. In response to Chomsky's ideas, voices from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United States and Uruguay dray from their first-hand experience and scholarship, speaking to, with, and at times against Chomsky's views. In a final interview Chomsky reflects upon the commentaries; the result is a nuanced intellectual and political exchange--a compelling conversation that offers a contemporary vision of indigenous resistance, survival and hope.

"Two direct interviews with Chomsky enhance this articulate examination of challenges facing indigenous peoples today, including a positive viewpoint of means by which indigenous cultures can resist total assimilation, endure and spread hope. Highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review

"The key issue facing indigenous peoples as they gain new rights and raise their profile within Latin America's newly democratic states is how to reconcile the cultural inheritance that makes them indigenous with forces that aim to tether them to national identities or unleash upon them the corrosive acculturation implied by globalization. . . . This collection of commentaries - framed by the wisdom of Noam Chomsky--offers an excellent point of departure for the student interested in addressing such questions. With a significant focus on education, the writers address the thorny yet timeless issue of how to reconcile the ancient with the modern. . . . If there is one theme that emerges, it is of the potential for inter-communal co-operation and the concrete benefits diversity can bring to Latin American social life."--Gavin O'Toole, Latin American Review of Books

"This book is unique, thought-provoking and inspiring. The voices included in this edited collection, most of them unheard in mainstream Western academia, not only denounce the crimes committed against Indigenous peoples, but also reflect decades of Indigenous struggle, resistance, hope and commitment. . . . This book speaks to students, teachers, administrators and researchers from different disciplines and invites them to work together and follow the exemplary struggles of Indigenous peoples in different parts of America."--Teachers College Record

NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS I

NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS I

By: Catlin
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Catlin's book is an adventure of the painter who was called "the great white medicine man" for his ability to paint. It is an adventure of a self-taught painter who vowed: ."..nothing short of the loss of my life, shall prevent me visiting their country, and of becoming their historian." It is a story of the great mysteries of the many tribes of Indians he visited - the mysteries of costume, posture and myth, the mystery of weapons, hunt and many games, the mystery of a life still close in connection with the Great Spirit, with the buffalo and with the traditions of thousands of years, all which would soon be destroyed. "Art may mourn, " said Catlin, "when these people are swept from the earth." Most importantly, his book is a book of direct, fresh and accurate illustrations that keep the best in Indian life alive.
NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS II

NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS II

By: Catlin, George
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Crow, Blackfoot, Pawnee, Sioux, Comanche, Mandan, Choctaw, Cheyenne, Winnebago, Creek, Assinboin; wild prairies teeming with buffalo; the sacred site of "Catlinite" stone - all were subjects of Catlin's letters and paintings. For eight years (1832-39) George Catlin ventured among the Indians of the North American Plains capturing in verbal and visual pictures every facet of their lives. For the rest of his life, Catlin carried to Eastern America and Europe the true pictures of the North American Indians enjoying their last years of freedom and dignity in their native home.
OGLALA WOMEN

OGLALA WOMEN

By: Powers, Marla N
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Based on interviews and life histories collected over more than twenty-five years of study on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, Marla N. Powers conveys what it means to be an Oglala woman. Despite the myth of the Euramerican that sees Oglala women as inferior to men, and the Lakota myth that seems them as superior, in reality, Powers argues, the roles of male and female emerge as complementary. In fact, she claims, Oglala women have been better able to adapt to the dominant white culture and provide much of the stability and continuity of modern tribal life. This rich ethnographic portrait considers the complete context of Oglala life--religion, economics, medicine, politics, old age--and is enhanced by numerous modern and historical photographs.

It is a happy event when a fine scholarly work is rendered accessible to the general reader, especially so when none of the complexity of the subject matter is sacrificed. Oglala Women is a long overdue revisionary ethnography of Native American culture.--Penny Skillman, San Francisco Chronicle Review

Marla N. Powers's fine study introduced me to Oglala women 'portrayed from the perspectives of Indians, ' to women who did not pity themselves and want no pity from others. . . . A brave, thorough, and stimulating book.--Melody Graulich, Women's Review of Books

Powers's new book is an intricate weaving . . . and her synthesis brings all of these pieces into a well-integrated and insightful whole, one which sheds new light on the importance of women and how they have adapted to the circumstances of the last century.--Elizabeth S. Grobsmith, Nebraska History

PERSPECTIVES ON THE YI OF SOUTHWEST CHINA

PERSPECTIVES ON THE YI OF SOUTHWEST CHINA

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Nearly seven million Yi people live in Southwest China, but most educated people outside China have never heard of them. This book, the first scholarly study in a Western language on the Yi in four decades, brings this little-known part of the world to life. Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China is a remarkable collection of work by both Yi and foreign scholars describing their history, traditional society, and recent social changes.

In addition to being valuable as an ethnographic study, this book is also an experiment in communication among three discourses: the cosmopolitan disciplines of history and the social sciences, the Chinese discourse of ethnology and ethnohistory, and the Yi folk discourse of genealogy and ritual. This book uses the case of the Yi to conduct an international conversation across formerly isolated disciplines.

POLITICS AND ETHICS OF FIELDWORK

By: Punch, Maurice E
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Sustained, intensive fieldwork involves the negotiation of trust between the researcher and the researched. In The Politics and Ethics of Fieldwork, Maurice Punch catalogues and illustrates occasions of trust-making and breaking among the many parties who are actively engaged in a research project. This is not, however, a dry listing of do's and don'ts. Professor Punch has provided a vivid, witty, sometimes ironic presentation packed with lively personal detail.
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PRIMATE PARADIGMS

By: Fedigan, Linda Marie
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This critical review of behavior patterns in nonhuman primates is an excellent study of the importance of female roles in different social groups and their significance in the evolution of human social life.

A book that properly illuminates in rich detail not only developmental and socioecological aspects of primate behavior but also how and why certain questions are asked. In addition, the book frequently focuses on insufficiently answered questions, especially those concerned with the evolution of primate sex differences. Fedigan's book is unique . . . because it places primate adaptations and our explanation of those patterns in a larger intellectual framework that is easily and appropriately connected to many lines of research in different fields (sociology, psychology, anthropology, neurobiology, endocrinology, and biology)--and not in inconsequential ways, either.--James McKenna, American Journal of Primatology

This is the feminist critique of theories of primate and human evolution.--John H. Cook, Nature

SAVAGE MIND

SAVAGE MIND

By: Levi-Strauss, Claude
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"Every word, like a sacred object, has its place. No precis is possible. This extraordinary book must be read."--Edmund Carpenter, New York Times Book Review

"No outline is possible; I can only say that reading this book is a most exciting intellectual exercise in which dialectic, wit, and imagination combine to stimulate and provoke at every page."--Edmund Leach, Man

"Levi-Strauss's books are tough: very scholarly, very dense, very rapid in argument. But once you have mastered him, human history can never be the same, nor indeed can one's view of contemporary society. And his latest book, The Savage Mind, is his most comprehensive and certainly his most profound. Everyone interested in the history of ideas must read it; everyone interested in human institutions should read it."--J. H. Plumb, Saturday Review

"A constantly stimulating, informative and suggestive intellectual challenge."--Geoffrey Gorer, The Observer, London

SEX AT DAWN

SEX AT DAWN

By: Jetha, Cacilda
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"Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly." -- Andrew Weil, M.D.

"Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obvious--that human beings, both male and female, are lustful--is true, and has always been so.... The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintained--even as it falls away around us." -- Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you (think you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family. In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is "a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills."

SONGS MY MOTHER SANG TO ME

SONGS MY MOTHER SANG TO ME

By: Martin, Patricia Preciado
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Motivated by a love of her Mexican American heritage, Patricia Preciado Martin set out to document the lives and memories of the women of her mother's and grandmother's eras; for while the role of women in Southwest has begun to be chronicled, that of Hispanic women largely remains obscure. In Songs My Mother Sang to Me, she has preserved the oral histories of many of these women before they have been lost or forgotten.

Martin's quest took her to ranches, mining towns, and cities throughout southern Arizona, for she sought to document as varied an experience of the contributions of Mexican American women as possible. The interviews covered family history and genealogy, childhood memories, secular and religious traditions, education, work and leisure, environment and living conditions, rites of passage, and personal values. Each of the ten oral histories reflects not only the spontaneity of the interview and personality of each individual, but also the friendship that grew between Martin and her subjects.

Songs My Mother Sang to Me collects voices not often heard and brings to print accounts of social change never previously recorded. These women document more than the details of their own lives; in relating the histories of their ancestors and communities, they add to our knowledge of the culture and contributions of Mexican American people in the Southwest.

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STEPS TO AN ECOLOGY OF MIND: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution and Epistemology

By: Bateson, Gregory
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Gregory Bateson was a philosopher, anthropologist, photographer, naturalist, and poet, as well as the husband and collaborator of Margaret Mead. With a new foreword by his daughter Mary Katherine Bateson, this classic anthology of his major work will continue to delight and inform generations of readers.

"This collection amounts to a retrospective exhibition of a working life. . . . Bateson has come to this position during a career that carried him not only into anthropology, for which he was first trained, but into psychiatry, genetics, and communication theory. . . . He . . . examines the nature of the mind, seeing it not as a nebulous something, somehow lodged somewhere in the body of each man, but as a network of interactions relating the individual with his society and his species and with the universe at large."--D. W. Harding, New York Review of Books

"[Bateson's] view of the world, of science, of culture, and of man is vast and challenging. His efforts at synthesis are tantalizingly and cryptically suggestive. . . .This is a book we should all read and ponder."--Roger Keesing, American Anthropologist

TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN A YAQUI WAY

TEACHINGS OF DON JUAN A YAQUI WAY

By: Castaneda, Carlos
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Forty years ago the University of California Press published an unusual manuscript by an anthropology student named Carlos Castaneda. The Teachings of Don Juan initiated a generation of seekers dissatisfied with the limitations of the Western worldview. Castaneda's now classic book remains controversial for the alternative way of seeing that it presents and the revolution in cognition it demands. Whether read as ethnographic fact or creative fiction, it is the story of a remarkable journey that has left an indelible impression on the life of more than a million readers around the world.
THRICE TOLD TALE: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility

THRICE TOLD TALE: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility

By: Wolf, Margery
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A Thrice-Told Tale is one ethnographer's imaginative and powerful response to the methodological issues raised by feminist and postmodernist critics of traditional ethnography. The author, a feminist anthropologist, uses three texts developed out of her research in Taiwan--a piece of fiction, anthropological fieldnotes, and a social science article--to explore some of these criticisms.

Each text takes a different perspective, is written in a different style, and has different "outcomes," yet all three involve the same fascinating set of events. A young mother began to behave in a decidedly abherrant, perhaps suicidal manner, and opinion in her village was sharply divided over the reason. Was she becoming a shaman, posessed by a god? Was she deranged, in need of physical restraint, drugs, and hospitalization? Or was she being cynically manipulated by her ne'er-do-well husband to elicit sympathy and money from her neighbors? In the end, the woman was taken away from the area to her mother's house. For some villagers, this settled the matter; for others the debate over her behavior was probably never truly resolved.

The first text is a short story written shortly after the incident, which occurred almost thrity years ago; the second text is a copy of the fieldnotes collected about the events covered in the short story; the third text is an article published in 1990 in American Ethnologist that analyzes the incident from the author's current perspective. Following each text is a Commentary in which the author discusses such topics as experimental ethnography, polyvocality, authorial presence and control, reflexivity, and some of the differences between fiction and ethnography.

The three texts are framed by two chapters in which the author discusses the genereal problems posed by feminist and postmodernist critics of ethnography and presents her personal exploration of these issues in an argument that is strongly self-reflexive and theoretically rigorous. She considers some feminist concerns over colonial research methods and takes issues with the insistence of some feminists tha the topics of ethnographic research be set by those who are studied. The book concludes with a plea for ethnographic responsibility based on a less academic and more practical perspective.

TRISTES TROPIQUES

TRISTES TROPIQUES

By: Levi-Strauss, Claude
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Tristes Tropiques was an immensely popular bestseller when it was first published in France in 1955. Claude Levi-Strauss's groundbreaking study of the societies of a number of Amazonian peoples is a cornerstone of structural anthropology and an exploration by the author of his own intellectual roots as a professor of philosophy in Brazil before the Second World War, as a Jewish exile from Nazi-occupied Europe, and later as a world-renowned academic (he taught at New York's New School for Social Research and was French cultural attache to the United States). Levi-Strauss's central journey leads from the Amazon basin through the dense upland jungles of Brazil. There, among the Amerindian tribes - the Caduveo, Bororo, Nambikwara, and Tupi-Kawahib - he found "a human society reduced to its most basic expression." Levi-Strauss's discussion of his fieldwork in Tristes Tropiques endures as a milestone of anthropology, but the book is also, in its brilliant diversions on other, more familiar cultures, a great work of literature, a vivid travelogue, and an engaging memoir - a demonstration of the marvelous mental agility of one of the century's most important thinkers. Presented here is the translation by John and Doreen Weightman of the complete text of the revised French edition of 1968, together with the original photographs and illustrations.