Palm Crows

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Paleonutrition is the analysis of prehistoric human diets and the interpretation of dietary intake in relation to health and nutrition. As a field of study, it addresses prehistoric diets in order to determine the biological and cultural implications for individuals as well as for entire populations, placing archaeological interpretations into an anthropological context. Throughout history, and long before written records, human culture has been constantly in flux. The study of paleonutrition provides valuable ...

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Overview

Paleonutrition is the analysis of prehistoric human diets and the interpretation of dietary intake in relation to health and nutrition. As a field of study, it addresses prehistoric diets in order to determine the biological and cultural implications for individuals as well as for entire populations, placing archaeological interpretations into an anthropological context. Throughout history, and long before written records, human culture has been constantly in flux. The study of paleonutrition provides valuable insights into shifts and changes in human history, whatever their causes.

This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date book on the topic. Intended for students and professionals, it describes the nature of paleonutrition studies, reviews the history of paleonutrition research, discusses methodological issues in the reconstruction of prehistoric diets, presents theoretical frameworks frequently used in paleonutrition research, and showcases examples in which paleonutritional analyses have been successfully conducted on prehistoric individuals, groups, and populations. It offers an integrative approach to understanding state-of-the-art anthropological dietary, health, and nutritional assessments. The most recent and innovative methods used to reconstruct prehistoric diets are discussed, along with the major ways in which paleonutrition data are recovered, analyzed, and interpreted.

Paleonutrition includes five contemporary case studies that provide useful models of how to conduct paleonutrition research. Topics range from ancient diets in medieval Nubia to children’s health in the prehistoric American Southwest to honey use by an ethnographic group of East African foragers. As well as providing interesting examples of applying paleonutrition techniques, these case studies illustrate the mutually beneficial linkages between ethnography and archaeology.

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"This book of accessible poems not only shows what it feels like to be a Cuban American but probes beneath the memories of white Cuban beaches and finds the spirit of the exile experience." —Hispanic Magazine"Suarez's mini-memoirs read like a photo album of verse, one which seems instantly familiar. . . . The accessibility of these poems should make them attractive to After Night Falls fans and others looking for representations of Cuba." —Publishers Weekly"Poignant, vividly descriptive poems that capture the longing, regret, resignation, and identity-quest characteristic of the vast number of immigrant who have mixed emotions about their exile from their homeland." —World Literature Today

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The shadow of the poet's late father looms large in the Cuban-born Suarez's two fall collections. Suarez's mini-memoirs read like a photo album of verse, one which seems instantly familiar. In "Carp," the opening poem of Palm Crows, the poet recalls an afternoon fishing with his late father. The day was "crisp" and the trees offered a "quiet stillness." The poet worries about his aged father. The father catches a fish, but it wriggles free. Life is precious, end of poem: "my father grinned/ because he knew we had shared a moment,/ unlike so many others in our lives. This one,/ like the vulnerability of the carp, hooked/ in his memory, in mine, like some gold coin." The bulk of these poems are similar episodic paeans often accompanied by and ending with a life's lesson. After chronicling the emotional pain felt by the father after a debilitating job-related accident, the poem concludes with the detached observation: "Hard to convince a man who's lost/ his spirit to hang in there." The harsh present-day realities of Cuba appear as "dilapidated buildings/ a poetry of crumbling stone" if not a whitewash, then a look at the brighter side. Curiously, a few poems ("El Despere," "Song to Mango," "Middle Ground") make appearances in both collections. The earnestness of the work is unquestionable, but some readers will be disappointed to find political realities so thoroughly transmuted into familial relations and reflections of childhood. (Banyan: Dec.; Crows: Oct.) Forecast: Suarez is the author of Spared Angola: Memories of a Cuban-American Childhood, a short story collection, three previous poetry collections and four novels, including Havana Thursdays. The accessibility of these poems shouldmake them attractive to After Night Falls fans and others looking for representations of Cuba. Suarez's professorship at the large Florida State University and the readership for his novels should generate further sales. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816520992
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: Camino del Sol
  • Pages: 89
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Palm Crows 3
Carp 7
Tinosa 8
Animalia 9
What Is the Poet Left? 13
Chupacabras 15
La noche 17
Fake Mariposa 19
Wind Rustles 20
Poem for Jack Ridl 22
Coelacanth 23
Grunion 24
Pinkies 26
Cuys 27
Urchins 28
Landscape with Hawks 30
Zapper 32
Song to the Cucuyo 37
Song to the Sugarcane 38
Song to the Mango 39
Song to the Lizard 40
Song to the Passion Fruit 41
Song to the Banyan 44
Song to the Skink 45
Song to the Old Oak 47
Song in Praise of Xanax 49
Song to Oxtail Stew 51
Song to My Daughters 52
Song to the Broken-Down Tractor 53
Song to the Caracoles 54
Song to Cryonics 55
Study in Shadow 59
Nocturnal 60
El desespero 62
Duende 63
In the House of White Light 65
Aerial Photography 67
Langston Hughes in Havana 68
The Great Chinese Poets Visit Havana 70
The Great Chinese Poets Exchange Two Words 72
El exilio 74
The Stayer 76
Carbon Monoxide Meditations 78
Recitative after Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp" 80
Atmospheric 81
Middle Ground, or El camino del medio 82
Diaspora 83
My Paternal Grandmother's Instructions Before We Left Cuba 85
Adios, Adios, Adios 85
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