Coming to Shore: Northwest Coast Ethnology, Traditions, and Visions

Coming to Shore: Northwest Coast Ethnology, Traditions, and Visions

by Marie Mauze
     
 

The Northwest Coast of North America was home to dozens of Native peoples at the time of its first contact with Europeans. The rich artistic, ceremonial, and oral traditions of these peoples and their preservation of cultural practices have made this region especially attractive for anthropological study. Coming to Shore provides a historical overview of the

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The Northwest Coast of North America was home to dozens of Native peoples at the time of its first contact with Europeans. The rich artistic, ceremonial, and oral traditions of these peoples and their preservation of cultural practices have made this region especially attractive for anthropological study. Coming to Shore provides a historical overview of the ethnology and ethnohistory of this region, with special attention given to contemporary, theoretically informed studies of communities and issues.

The first book to explore the role of the Northwest Coast in three distinct national traditions of anthropology— American, Canadian, and French—Coming to Shore gives particular consideration to the importance of Claude Lévi-Strauss and structuralism, as well as more recent social theory in the context of Northwest Coast anthropology. In addition contributors explore the blurring boundaries between theoretical and applied anthropology as well as contemporary issues such as land claims, criminal justice, environmentalism, economic development, and museum display. The contribution of Frederica de Laguna provides a historical background to the enterprise of Northwest Coast anthropology, as do the contributions of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Marie Mauzé.

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Editorial Reviews

Artic

"Those familiar with the region and the various cultures will find it not only useful, but stimulating. Throughout the papers, oral and written history, data, linguistics, and theory are all woven together in both the Lévi-Strauss and Boasian approaches to understanding people and their cultures…. I highly recommend Coming to Shore for any serious student of the Northwest Coast and its cultural history."—Artic

— Wallace M. Olson

BC Studies - Robert L. A. Hancock

"The chapters confirm the editors' introductory assertion that the North Pacific Coast is central to the history of anthropology for reasons that go beyond the fact that this was where Boas conducted his pioneering research. Taken together, the chapters reinforce both the extent of the Boasian legacy and the continuing vitality of research in the area."—Robert L. A. Hancock, BC Studies

Journal of Anthropological Research - Robin Ridington

"At once a history of Northwest Coast anthropology, a contribution to it, and a commentary on ethnographic practice…. Coming to Shore is most interesting in its presentation of a Northwest Coast ethnography that could be used 'as a setting for a novel.' It also presents a close look at the cultures of academic traditions in France and North America."—Robin Ridington, Journal of Anthropological Research

Artic - Wallace M. Olson

"Those familiar with the region and the various cultures will find it not only useful, but stimulating. Throughout the papers, oral and written history, data, linguistics, and theory are all woven together in both the Lévi-Strauss and Boasian approaches to understanding people and their cultures…. I highly recommend Coming to Shore for any serious student of the Northwest Coast and its cultural history."—Artic

Arctic

“Those familiar with the region and the various cultures will find it not only useful, but stimulating. Throughout the papers, oral and written history, data, linguistics, and theory are all woven together in both the Lévi-Strauss and Boasian approaches to understanding people and their cultures. . . . I highly recommend Coming to Shore for any serious student of the Northwest Coast and its cultural history.”—Artic
Journal of Anthropological Research

“At once a history of Northwest Coast anthropology, a contribution to it, and a commentary on ethnographic practice. . . . Coming to Shore is most interesting in its presentation of a Northwest Coast ethnography that could be used ‘as a setting for a novel.’ It also presents a close look at the cultures of academic traditions in France and North America.”—Robin Ridington, Journal of Anthropological Research

— Robin Ridington

BC Studies

"The chapters confirm the editors' introductory assertion that the North Pacific Coast is central to the history of anthropology for reasons that go beyond the fact that this was where Boas conducted his pioneering research. Taken together, the chapters reinforce both the extent of the Boasian legacy and the continuing vitality of research in the area."—Robert L. A. Hancock, BC Studies

— Robert L. A. Hancock

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803232303
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.34(d)

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