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I Swear I Saw This Drawings in Fieldwork Notebooks, Namely My Own
ISBN: PB: 9780226789835, ISBN: HB: 9780226789828, University of Chicago Press, December 2011
176 pp., 22x14 cm, 30 halftones
"I Swear I Saw This" records visionary anthropologist Michael Taussig's reflections on the fieldwork notebooks he kept through forty years of travels in Colombia. Taking as a starting point a drawing he made in Medellin in 2006 – as well as its capti...
Jewish Dark Continent Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement
ISBN: HB: 9780674047280, Harvard University Press, November 2011
390 pp., 23.4x15.5 cm
At the turn of the twentieth century, over forty percent of the world's Jews lived within the Russian Empire, almost all in the Pale of Settlement. From the Baltic to the Black Sea, the Jews of the Pale created a distinctive way of life little known...
Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes Second Edition
ISBN: PB: 9780226206837, University of Chicago Press, November 2011
320 pp., 23x15 cm
In "Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes", Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, and Linda L. Shaw present a series of guidelines, suggestions, and practical advice for creating useful fieldnotes in a variety of settings, demystifying a process that is ofte...
Gwich'in Athabascan Implements History, Manufacture, and Usage According to Reverend David Salmon
ISBN: PB: 9781602231443, University of Chicago Press, University of Alaska Press, November 2011
202 pp., 28x21.5 cm, 73 halftones, 43 line illus.
The most detailed and well-illustrated study of material culture for any northern Athabascan language group to date, "Gwich'in Athabascan Implements" reproduces pre- and early post-contact tools that are historically important to the Athabaskan peopl...
Collecting the Pre-Columbian Past
ISBN: PB: 9780884023739, Harvard University Press, October 2011
368 pp., 25.7x17.8 cm, 110 black&white illus.
The history of Pre-Columbian collecting is a social and aesthetic history – of ideas, people and organizations, and objects. This richly illustrated volume examines these histories by considering the collection and display of Pre-Columbian objects in...
Their Way of Writing Scripts, Signs, and Pictographies in Pre-Columbian America
ISBN: HB: 9780884023685, Harvard University Press, October 2011
398 pp., 25.7x17.8 cm, 5 maps, 9 tables, 55 colour photographs, 136 black&white illus.
Writing and recording are key cultural activities that allow humans to communicate across time and space. Whereas Old World writing evolved into the alphabetic system that is now employed around the world, the indigenous peoples in the Americas auton...
Bear History of a Fallen King
ISBN: HB: 9780674047822, Harvard University Press, October 2011
384 pp., 23.4x15.5 cm, 36 colour illus.
The oldest discovered statue, fashioned some fifteen to twenty thousand years ago, is of a bear. The lion was not always king. From antiquity to the Middle Ages, the bear's centrality in cults and mythologies left traces in European languages, litera...
Tombs for the Living Andean Mortuary Practices
ISBN: PB: 9780884023746, Harvard University Press, October 2011
440 pp., 25.7x17.8 cm, 11 tables, 90 black&white illus.
In the Andes, a long history of research on burial records and burial contexts exists for the purpose of reconstructing cultural affiliation, chronology, socioeconomic status, grave content, and human body treatment. Less attention is paid to the lar...
Twin Tollans Chichen Itza, Tula, and the Epiclassic to Early Postclassic Mesoamerican World (Revised Edition)
ISBN: PB: 9780884023722, Harvard University Press, October 2011
432 pp., 25.7x17.8 cm, 7 maps, 3 tables, 87 black&white photographs, 132 line illus.
Chichen Itza and Tula have long been conceived as "twin cities" – paired political capitals that share so many aspects of architectural plan, sculptural repertory, and iconographical motifs that they represent a unique case of cultural contact and ar...
Peoples on Parade Exhibitions, Empire, and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain
ISBN: HB: 9780226700960, University of Chicago Press, October 2011
392 pp., 25.5x18 cm, 117 halftones, 18 colour illus.
In May 1853, Charles Dickens paid a visit to the "savages at Hyde Park Corner", an exhibition of thirteen imported Zulus performing cultural rites ranging from songs and dances to a "witch-hunt" and marriage ceremony. Dickens was not the only Londone...