Being and Place among the Tlingit (inbunden)
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Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
280
Utgivningsdatum
2015-08-14
Förlag
University of Washington Press
Medarbetare
Sivaramakrishnan, K. (series ed.)
Illustratör/Fotograf
2 maps 7 bw photos 1 tables
Illustrationer
7 bw photos, 2 maps, 1 tables
Dimensioner
234 x 152 x 19 mm
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517 g
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1
ISBN
9780295997179
Being and Place among the Tlingit (inbunden)

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In Being and Place among the Tlingit, anthropologist Thomas F. Thornton examines the concept of place in the language, social structure, economy, and ritual of southeast Alaska's Tlingit Indians. Place signifies not only a specific geographical location but also reveals the ways in which individuals and social groups define themselves. The notion of place consists of three dimensions - space, time, and experience - which are culturally and environmentally structured. Thornton examines each in detail to show how individual and collective Tlingit notions of place, being, and identity are formed. As he observes, despite cultural and environmental changes over time, particularly in the post-contact era since the late eighteenth century, Tlingits continue to bind themselves and their culture to places and landscapes in distinctive ways. He offers insight into how Tlingits in particular, and humans in general, conceptualize their relationship to the lands they inhabit, arguing for a study of place that considers all aspects of human interaction with landscape. In Tlingit, it is difficult even to introduce oneself without referencing places in Lingit Aani (Tlingit Country). Geographic references are embedded in personal names, clan names, house names, and, most obviously, in k-waan names, which define regions of dwelling. To say one is Sheet'ka K-waan defines one as a member of the Tlingit community that inhabits Sheet'ka (Sitka). Being and Place among the Tlingit makes a substantive contribution to the literature on the Tlingit, the Northwest Coast cultural area, Native American and indigenous studies, and to the growing social scientific and humanistic literature on space, place, and landscape.
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This book is about the meaning of place among the Tlingit, but it is also a comprehensive, scholarly essay on the ideal of place in Western philosophy and social science theory. * Journal of Anthropological Research * Thomas Thornton takes the reader on a rich journey into the physical and social landscape of Southeast Alaska. . . . a solid work of ethnography grounded in serious scholarship but written in a language that will also be accessible to most readers. * Alaska History * This thoroughly researched, well-organized, and well-written book is a pioneering study of the ethnography of the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast. Its methods and many of its conclusions could fruitfully be used in studying the toponymy of the Aboriginal nations of coastal British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. It would work well as a text in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in anthropology and First Nations studies. It will also be an invaluable resource for the Tlingit people themselves. * BC Studies * Being and Place Among the Tlingit provides an excellent grounding in indigenous environmental values and how they operate in society. The book will almost certainly become a standard text for Northwest Coast anthropologists, human geographers, even archaeologists, for whom Thornton's discussion of material symbols, such as Chilkat blankets, will serve as a useful reminder of the ways artifacts can actively reference people and places. Finally, because it is a well written book, brimming with helpful examples of the politics of place-making, it will interest scholars studying human-landscape interactions in diverse regions of the globe. * The Northern Review *

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Thomas F. Thornton is associate professor of anthropology at Portland State University in Oregon.

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Tlingit Spelling and Pronunciation Guide Preface 1. Introduction: Place and Tlingit Senses of Being 2. Know Your Place: The Social Organization of Geographic Knowledge 3. What's in a Name? Place and Cognition 4. Production and Place: "It was easy for me to put up fish there" 5. Ritual as Emplacement: The Potlatch / Ku.eex' 6. Conclusion: Toward an Anthropology of Place Appendix: Tlingit Resources with Seasonality Notes Bibliography Index