Landscapes of Origin in the Americas: Creation Narratives Linking Ancient Places and Present Communities / Edition 2

Landscapes of Origin in the Americas: Creation Narratives Linking Ancient Places and Present Communities / Edition 2

by Jessica Joyce Christie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817316736

ISBN-13: 9780817316730

Pub. Date: 09/27/2009

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Landscape is a powerful factor in the operation of memory because of the associations narrators make between the local landscape and the events of the stories they tell. Ancestors and mythological events often become fixed in a specific landscape and act as timeless reference points..

In conventional anthropological literature, ”landscape&Idquo; is the term

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Landscape is a powerful factor in the operation of memory because of the associations narrators make between the local landscape and the events of the stories they tell. Ancestors and mythological events often become fixed in a specific landscape and act as timeless reference points..

In conventional anthropological literature, ”landscape&Idquo; is the term applied to the meaning local people bestow on their cultural and physical surroundings. In this work, the authors explore the cultural and physical landscapes an individual or cultural group has constructed to define the origins or beginnings of that cultural group as revealed through shared or traditional memory. The cultural landscapes of origins in diverse sites throughout the Americas are investigated through multidisciplinary research, not only to reveal belief systems and mythologies but also to place these origin beliefs in context and relationship to each other. In a continual interaction between the past, present, and future, tune is subordinate to place, and history, as defined in Western academic terms, does not exist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817316730
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
09/27/2009
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Jessica Joyce Christie xi

I North America

1 The Center of the World: The Principle People and the Great Smoky Mountains Christopher Arris Oakley 3

2 Xeroxed on Stone: Times of Origin and the Navajo Holy People in Canyon Landscapes Polly Schaajsma Will Tsosie 15

3 Nuvagantu, ”Where Snow Sits&Idquo;: Origin Mountains of the Southern Paiutes Richard Stoffie Richard Arnold Kathleen Van Vlack Larry Eddy Betty Cornelius 32

4 Origin Narratives, Places, and Concepts among the ’Namgis, a Kwakwaka&Isquo;wakw Group in British Columbia, Canada Jessica Joyce Christie 45

II Mesoamerica (Cultural Region Within Central America)

5 Malinalco: A Place between Heaven and Earth Manuel Aguilar-Moreno 57

6 The Map of the Province of Manf: A Record of Landscape and Northern Maya Lowland Concepts of Origin Merideth Paxton 77

7 Ancestral Presence at the Navel of the World: Francisco Sojuel and Santiago Atitlán Allen J. Christenson 98

III South America-Region Of The Andes

8 Landscapes as Metaphor: Resources, Language, and Myths of Dynastic Origin on the Pacific Coast from the Santa Valley (Peru) to Manabi (Ecuador) Patricia J. Netherly 123

9 Inka Pacariqtambo: It Depends Which Eyes Are Looking at It Jessica Joyce Christie 153

References Cited 173

Contributors 197

Index 199

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