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Landscape is a powerful factor in the operation of memory because of the associations narrators make between the local landscape and the events of the stories they tell. Ancestors and mythological events often become fixed in a specific landscape and act as timeless reference points.

In conventional anthropological literature, "landscape" is the term applied to the meaning local people bestow on their cultural and physical surroundings. In this work, the authors explore the cultural and physical landscapes an individual or cultural group has constructed to define the origins or beginnings of that cultural group as revealed through shared or traditional memory. The cultural landscapes of origins in diverse sites throughout the Americas are investigated through multidisciplinary research, not only to reveal the belief system and mythologies but also to place these origin beliefs in context and relationship to each other. In a continual interaction between the past, present, and future, time is subordinate to place, and history, as defined in Western academic terms, does not exist.



Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. I. NORTH AMERICA
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. The Center of the World: The Principle People and the Great Smoky Mountains
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. Xeroxed on Stone: Times of Origin and the Navajo Holy People in Canyon Landscapes
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. 3. Nuvagantu–, “Where Snow Sits”: Origin Mountains of the Southern Paiutes
  2. pp. 32-44
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  1. 4. Origin Narratives, Places, and Concepts among the ‘Namgis, a Kwakwaka’wakw Group in British Columbia, Canada
  2. pp. 45-54
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  1. II. MESOAMERICA (CULTURAL REGION WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA)
  2. p. 55
  1. 5. Malinalco: A Place between Heaven and Earth
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. 6. The Map of the Province of Man
  2. pp. 77-97
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  1. 7. Ancestral Presence at the Navel of the World: Francisco Sojuel and Santiago Atitl
  2. pp. 98-119
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  1. III. SOUTH AMERICA—REGION OF THE ANDES
  2. pp. 121-122
  1. 8. Landscapes as Metaphor: Resources, Language, and Myths of Dynastic Origin on the Pacific Coast from the Santa Valley (Peru) to Manab
  2. pp. 123-152
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  1. 9. Inka Pacariqtambo: It Depends Which Eyes Are Looking at It
  2. pp. 153-171
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 173-196
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 197
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-203
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817382476
Related ISBN
9780817355609
MARC Record
OCLC
650060108
Pages
203
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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