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Storytracking. Text, stories, and histories in Central Australia

Storytracking. Text, stories, and histories in Central Australia Eickelkamp, Ute Storytracking. Text, stories, and histories in Central Australia. By Sam D Gill. Melbourne:Oxford University Press. 1998. Pp. xi + 276. Price: AU$34.95 Storytracking. Texts, stories, and histories in Central Australia presents a critical and detailed investigation of ethnographic texts and their sources. However, Gill’s analysis […]

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A cognitive approach to archaeology

Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: A cognitive approach to archaeology David, Bruno Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: a cognitive approach to archaeology. By James L. Pearson. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press. 2002. Pp. ix + 195, 16 Figures. Price: US $63 (cloth); US $24.95 (paperback) Shamanism and the Ancient Mind synthesises recent shamanistic approaches to archaeological […]

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United Church Women’s Fellowship in Ranongga, Solomon Islands

Fellowship and Citizenship as Models of National Community: United Church Women’s Fellowship in Ranongga, Solomon Islands McDougall, Debra ABSTRACT From humble beginnings in the 1960s, the United Church Women’s Fellowship (UCWF) is now viewed as one of the most effective organizations on the island of Ranongga (Western Province, Solomon Islands). This essay considers reasons for […]

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Politics, Property and Law in the Philippine Uplands

Politics, Property and Law in the Philippine Uplands Yengoyan, Aram A Politics, Property and Law in the Philippine Uplands By Melanie G. Wiber. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1993. Pp. xxii+164. In the comparative ethnography of the Northern Luzon cordillera, the Ibaloi and/or Nabaloi of Benquet Province have not shared the limelight of the […]

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Mind, Materiality and History: Explorations in Fijian Ethnography

Mind, Materiality and History: Explorations in Fijian Ethnography Lukere, Vicki Mind, Materiality and History: Explorations in Fijian Ethnography. By Christina Toren. London and New York: Routledge, 1999. Price: L16.99 Christina Toren is a cognitive anthropologist whose fieldwork has centred on the island of Gau in central Fiji. This collection brings together shorter pieces published between […]

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Anthropological Perspectives on Boundaries and Contested

Signifying Identities: Anthropological Perspectives on Boundaries and Contested Morris, Barry Signifying Identities: Anthropological Perspectives on Boundaries and Contested Values. Edited by Anthony Cohen. London: Routledge 2000. Pp. vi + 178. Price: L50.00 The essays in Signifying Identities are written by a distinguished list of established international researchers. With the exception of Das, whose work in […]

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A History of the Southern Maori during the European Colonization of New Zealand

Te Wai Pounamu–The Greenstone Island: A History of the Southern Maori during the European Colonization of New Zealand van Meijl, Toon Te Wai Pounamu- The Greenstone Island: A History of the Southern Maori during the European Colonization of New Zealand. By Harry C. Evison. Wellington/Christchurch: Aoraki Press, in association with Ngai Tahu Maori Trust Board […]

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Negotiating Relatedness and Validating Colonial Histories

Photos in Wiradjuri Biscuit Tins: Negotiating Relatedness and Validating Colonial Histories Macdonald, Gaynor ABSTRACT Tins, cardboard boxes and albums hold one of the most prized and jealously guarded of all Wiradjuri Aboriginal ‘material’ possessions, the family photos. They are used to tell and recall stories, introduce people to kin, as items of exchange and as […]

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Reviews — In the Realm of the Diamond Queen by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

Reviews — In the Realm of the Diamond Queen by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing Robinson, Kathryn In the Realm of the Diamond Queen. By Anna Lowenhsupt Tsing, Princeton N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993. Pp xvi + 350. Price US$49.95 (hard) $14.95 (soft). The people of the Meratus mountains in South Kalimantan occupy marginal terrain and are […]

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Eine ethno-kognitive Analyse der Yupno in Papua New Guinea by J. Wassmann

Reviews — Das Ideal des leicht gebeugten Menschen: Eine ethno-kognitive Analyse der Yupno in Papua New Guinea by J. Wassmann Tomasetti, Friedegard Das Ideal des leicht gebeugten Menschen: Eine ethno-kognitive Analyse der Yupno in Papua New Guinea. By J. Wassmann, Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag, 1993. Pp. XIII + 246. With this book Wassmann aims to […]