Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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This book and its purpose or effect are based in large part upon an observation I made while teaching a course on the writings of Carlos Castaneda at the University of Virginia. The whole success of Castaneda’s work, either in the books or in teaching, depends exclusively on one thing, however else it may be illuminated or obscured by ...
Most of us are products of social interactions and meaningful exchanges that have become so much parts of our reality that we could not isolate them even if we tried. The original Coyote anthropologist in Theodore Morrison’s composition class at Harvard. Erika, Jonathan, Wendi, and Graham (a native born Texan) help to round out ...
1. Tricking Magic: The Anthropology of Coyote
There once was a trader, a white man at the store back on the Rez, who was so good at tricking Indians they were a little bit proud of him. One day an Indian came up to the counter and said to the trader, “Now you are the cheatin’ wonder of the whole civilized world, but that one over there, he’s even better than you are...
2. Expersonation: The Coyote of Anthropology
Two ravens were racing their eyes. They were sitting on a bluff, detaching their eyes from their sockets (craack — POP) and sending them flying around the landscape. FOR FUN. Feeling the distances and perimeters of things. Then they would fly them back and secure them (POP — craack) back into their sockets...
Three coyotes decided to take a train ride; they wanted to check out, well, maybe some sheep down the line. As they were buying their tickets they ran into three live wires, a.k.a. RAVENS, who were interested in currency and perhaps finding a nonconductor. The RAVENS bought only one ticket between them. “Why did you guys buy only one ticket?” asked the coyotes...
4. The Book of Symmetries
Who would believe there’s a pot of gold at the end of a RAINBOW? Which end? Is it like a mirror, that uses the possibility of an inside to distract that of an outside, and vice-versa? Surely there must be something there, but where, exactly, is ‘there?’ It was with thoughts like these that Coyote pursued his course, or maybe it was the other way around. “Not a RAINBOW in sight. Gotta keep lookin’”; and he went on and on...
Page Count: 216
Illustrations: 9 photos
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 703156115
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