Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers: Kuna Culture from Inside and Out (BOK)

Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers: Kuna Culture from Inside and Out (BOK)

James Howe

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The Kuna of Panama, today one of the best known indigenous peoples of Latin America, moved over the course of the twentieth century from orality and isolation towards literacy and an active engagement with the nation and the world. Recognizing the fascination their culture has held for many outsiders, Kuna intellectuals and villagers have collaborated actively with foreign anthropologists to counter anti-Indian prejudice with positive accounts of their people, thus becoming the agents as well as subjects of ethnography. One team of chiefs and secretaries, in particular, independently produced a series of historical and cultural texts, later published in Sweden, that today still constitute the foundation of Kuna ethnography. As a study of the political uses of literacy, of western representation and indigenous counter-representation, and of the ambivalent inter-cultural dialogue at the heart of ethnography, Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers addresses key issues in contemporary anthropology. It is the story of an extended ethnographic encounter, one involving hundreds of active participants on both sides and continuing today.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter James Howe
Forlag
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780292725713
Antall sider 360 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2cm
Vekt 532 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Indigenous peoples

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