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The Women of Deh Koh: Lives in an Iranian Village
The Women of Deh Koh
Lives in an Iranian Village
Paperback      ISBN: 0140149937
“Masterful . . . absorbing. This finely written book gives us a whole new sense of Iran.
Crashing Thunder: The Autobiography of an American Indian
Crashing Thunder
The Autobiography of an American Indian
Paperback      ISBN: 0472086324
Paul Radin, one of America's first and most reputable professional anthropologists, lived among the Winnebago Indians for years, and for years he tried without success to interview the notorious younger son of the Blow Snake family, the Crashing Thunder of this book. At last Crashing Thunder agreed to tell Radin his life story, one that Radin calls "a true rake's progress." Speaking through Radin, Crashing Thunder told of his childhood, stories of Winnebago gods, his appetite for women and beer, and his extraordinary friends and relatives, including his brother-in-law, Thunder Cloud, then in his third incarnation. Crashing Thunder also told of his redemption through his new religion, peyote. To enhance understanding of the autobiography and its place in anthropology and literature, a new foreword, appendix, and index have been prepared by eminent Native American scholar, Arnold Krupat. Paul Radin (1883-1959) was an American anthropologist who was considered an authority on the culture of primitive societies, especially the tribal societies of native North Americans. Among his many works are the books The Winnebago Tribe, The Road of Life and Death: A Ritual Drama of the American Indians, and The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology. Arnold Krupat is Professor of English, Sarah Lawrence College.
Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America
Ishi in Two Worlds
A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America
Paperback      ISBN: 0520229401
The life story of Ishi, the Yahi Indian, lone survivor of a doomed tribe, is unique in the annals of North American anthropology. For more than forty years, Theodora Kroeber's biography has been sharing this tragic and absorbing drama with readers all over the world. Ishi stumbled into the twentieth century on the morning of August 29, 1911, when, desperate with hunger and with terror of the white murderers of his family, he was found in the corral of a slaughterhouse near Oroville, California. Finally identified as an Indian by an anthropologist, Ishi was brought to San Francisco by Professor T. T. Waterman and lived there the rest of his life under the care and protection of Alfred Kroeber and the staff of the University of California's Museum of Anthropology. Karl Kroeber adds an informative tribute to the text, describing how the book came to be and how Theodora Kroeber's approach to the project was both a product of her era and of her insight and her empathy. The life story of Ishi, the Yahi Indian, lone survivor of a doomed tribe, is unique in the annals of North American anthropology. For more than forty years, Theodora Kroeber's biography has been sharing this tragic and absorbing drama with readers all over the world. Ishi stumbled into the twentieth century on the morning of August 29, 1911, when, desperate with hunger and with terror of the white murderers of his family, he was found in the corral of a slaughterhouse near Oroville, California. Finally identified as an Indian by an anthropologist, Ishi was brought to San Francisco by Professor T. T. Waterman and lived there the rest of his life under the care and protection of Alfred Kroeber and the staff of the University of California's Museum of Anthropology. Karl Kroeber adds an informative tribute to the text, describing how the book came to be and how Theodora Kroeber's approach to the project was both a product of her era and of her insight and her empathy.
The Promise Fulfilled: A Portrait of Norwegian Americans Today
The Promise Fulfilled
A Portrait of Norwegian Americans Today
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816628327
“Odd Lovoll provides fascinating and important insights about the distinctive presence in American life of Norwegian immigrants and their ancestors. Then again, I might be biased.
The Silent Language
The Silent Language
Paperback      ISBN: 0385055498
A study of the non-verbal language which exists in every culture, the elaborate patterns of behavior through which we communicate
Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion
Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion
Paperback      ISBN: 0939680637
Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion reveals the sacred teachings that were hidden by the Mayan priesthood shortly after the Spanish Conquistadors landed in Mexico in 1519. In this spiritual text, Hunbatz Men explores the metaphysics of ancient Mayan glyphs and the esoteric significance of the letters G, T, and O. He concludes with an explanation of the secret path to illumined consciousness of the feathered serpent, Quetzacoatl.
The Ojibwa of Western Canada, 1780 to 1870
The Ojibwa of Western Canada, 1780 to 1870
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513118
A richly detailed, clearly written history that reveals both the changes the Ojibwa chose to make and the continuity within the culture they retained. It is a turbulent story of the tensions that shaped their integration of tradition and adaptation.
An African in Greenland
An African in Greenland
Paperback      ISBN: 0940322889
Tété-Michel Kpomassie was a teenager in Togo when he discovered a book about Greenland—and knew that he must go there. Working his way north over nearly a decade, Kpomassie finally arrived in the country of his dreams. This brilliantly observed and superbly entertaining record of his adventures among the Inuit is a testament both to the wonderful strangeness of the human species and to the surprising sympathies that bind us all.
Hidden Differences: Doing Business With the Japanese
Hidden Differences
Doing Business With the Japanese
Paperback      ISBN: 0385238843
An analysis and explanation of the unstated rules of Japanese-American business relations. By drawing Western readers into the world in which they must function, the Halls simplify the process of adapting Western ways to a new environment.
The Songlines
The Songlines
Paperback      ISBN: 0140094296
Bruce Chatwin—author of In Patagonia—ventures into the desolate land of Outback Australia to learn the meaning of the Aborginals' ancient "Dreaming-tracks." Along these timeless paths, amongst the fortune hunters and redneck Australians, racist policemen and mysterious Aboriginal holy men, he discovers a wondrous vision of man's place in the world.