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Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, In Memoriam

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Introduction: Creativity in Anthropology

Renato Rosaldo, Smadar Lavie, Kirin Narayan

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pp. 1-8

This volume on creativity is dedicated to the memory of Victor Turner, an extraordinary ethnographer whose life and work exemplified the creative processes he wrote about with passion and insight. He seriously reformulated earlier theories about the human significance of play and ritual, ...

Part I: Creative Individuals in Cultural Context

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1. Ceferino Suárez: A Village Versifier

James W. Fernandez

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pp. 11-29

At a time when anthropologists seek to capture some of the more subtle and emotional aspects of fieldwork in verse of their own, it may be illuminating to evoke the "creative persona" of Ceferino Suárez, a country versifier of the Cantabrian Mountains of Northern Spain. Ceferino was a man of various talents, a sculptor in stone and wood, ...

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2. On Nose Cutters, Gurus, and Storytellers

Kirin Narayan

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pp. 30-53

In anthropological circles, Clifford Geertz's (1966) definition of religion as "a system of symbols" continues to command widespread respect. Yet, work in the fields of philosophy, religious studies, and Christian theology suggests that religion could equally be defined as a system of stories (Braithewaite 1955: 32-33; Goldberg 1982; ...

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3. The Creative Individual in the World of the !Kung San

Marjorie Shostak

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pp. 54-69

The !Kung San living on the northern fringe of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa are probably the most well-researched hunting and gathering society in the anthropological literature. A. multitude of research projects have described the ! Kung' s subsistence ecology, ...

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4. At Home, No Womens Are Storytellers: Ceramic Creativity and the Politics of Discourse in Cochiti Pueblo

Barbara A. Babcock

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pp. 70-99

Since the late 1960s, Helen Cordero, a Cochiti Pueblo woman who learned to make pottery at the age of forty-five, has changed the nature of Pueblo ceramics (Figure 4. 1). When Helen modeled the first "Storyteller" doll in 1964, she made one of the oldest forms of Native American self-portraiture her own, ...

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5. "Riding the Horse of Gaps": A Meratus Woman's Spiritual Expression

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

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pp. 100-130

This essay presents several dream-inspired shamanic pictures and associated songs from the Meratus Mountains of Indonesia. They are a woman's work, and I ask in what way that makes a difference.
My answer has to do with the way these compositions interpret and revise a dominant tradition. ...

Part II: The Creation of Ethnography from Experience

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6. The Absence of Others, the Presence of Texts

Don Handelman

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pp. 133-152

A few years ago a friend passed on to me photocopies of a small corpus of fieldnotes on Washo shamanism that were collected during the early 1920s by Grace Dangberg.1 Grace Dangberg, a pioneer of Washo ethnology, will be remembered for her published translations of Washo myths and tales. Of special interest to me were the notes ...

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7. "The One Who Writes Us": Political Allegory and the Experience of Occupation among the Mzeina Bedouin

Smadar Lavie

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pp. 153-183

On 24 September 1978, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, and Jimmy Carter signed an almost final draft of a peace accord at the Camp David retreat that was to give the accord its name. At that moment, thousands of miles away, in the very Sinai desert on which all the diplomatic hullabaloo had been focused, I labored in 'Ein al-Akhaḍar, ...

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8. The Return of the Mexican Ballad: Américo Paredes and His Anthropological Text as Persuasive Political Performances

José E. Limón

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pp. 184-210

This essay's principal argument is that a particular anthropological text and its author, largely ignored in wider anthropological circles, have played a central influential role in the formation and development of a Mexican-American political culture in our time. ...

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9. Pilgrimage to Meron: Inner and Outer Peregrinations

Barbara Myerhoff

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pp. 211-222

Barbara Myerhoff left instructions before she died that her notes on Lag B'Omer should be used to form a paper for Creativity/Anthropology. This piece still has the character of a series of notes, and has been only lightly edited because it was desirable to preserve her inimitable style. I shall therefore summarize her argument to help ...

Part III: Collective Creativity

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10. Bar Yohai, Mystic: The Creative Persona and His Pilgrimage

Edith Turner

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pp. 225-252

The existence of a creative persona may involve a root metaphor embodied in a string of other individuals living in eras prior or subsequent to the persona in question. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai-as Moroccan Jews call him-was a second-century saint revered by the Sephardim and Hasids. The root metaphor he represents is zohar, ...

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11. Ilongot Visiting: Social Grace and the Rhythms of Everyday Life

Renato Rosaldo

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pp. 253-269

Why do rituals never begin on time? In casual conversation an anthropologist colleague half-seriously, half-jokingly elevated this fieldwork anxiety into a pressing theoretical issue. Ethnography's major puzzle, she said, is to understand how natives can figure out when their own rituals are about to begin. ...

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12. Performance and the Cultural Construction of Reality: A New Guinea Example

Edward L. Schieffelin

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pp. 270-295

It is not an uncommon experience for an ethnographer toward the end of the second year of fieldwork to realize suddenly that some issue or activity, long since thought to be thoroughly understood and laid to rest in his or her fieldnotes, had an unsuspected dimension that required its significance to be entirely reexamined. ...

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13. Ritual, Violence , and Creativity

Richard Schechner

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pp. 296-320

Whatever the future of ritual, its past is pedigreed. Ethologists observe animals performing rituals. Ethologically speaking, in ritual ordinary behavior is condensed, exaggerated, repeated, made into rhythms or pulses (often faster or slower than usual) or frozen into poses. In animals, ritual behavior is accompanied by the development ...

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Epilogue: Creative Persona and the Problem of Authenticity

Edward M. Bruner

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pp. 321-334

The theme of this volume, that the creative persona has the power of transformation and transcendence and can change a culture, is both obvious and subtle. We know that there have always been charismatic prophets, political leaders, and intellectual giants who move peoples and nations, and who change the scholarly directions of an historical era. ...

Contributors

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pp. 335-338

Index

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pp. 339-348

Further Series Titles

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