Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850-1990 / Edition 1

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Overview

This colorful, richly textured account of spiritual training and practice within an American Indian social network emphasizes narrative over analysis. Thomas Buckley's foregrounding of Yurok narratives creates one major level of dialogue in an innovative ethnography that features dialogue as its central theoretical trope. Buckley places himself in conversation with contemporary Yurok friends and elders, with written texts, and with twentieth-century anthropology as well. He describes Yurok Indian spirituality as "a significant field in which individual and society meet in dialogue-cooperating, resisting, negotiating, changing each other in manifold ways. 'Culture,' here, is not a thing but a process, an emergence through time."

Author Biography: Thomas Buckley is an independent scholar and writer living in Maine. He previously taught anthropology and American Indian studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and coedited Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation (California, 1988).

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Editorial Reviews

Les W. Field
The most in-depth, complex, and analytically sophisticated portrayal of Yurok spirituality ever written by an anthropologist [and] the most important ethnographic work about the Yurok in general since Kroeber's work in the early twentieth century.
Michael Harkin
Its description of Yurok religious practice in recent times is both sympathetic and insightful, providing an interweaving series of narratives and interpretations. The author makes an eloquent case for cultural continuity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520233898
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 337
  • Sales rank: 1,313,266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas Buckley is an independent scholar and writer living in Maine. He previously taught anthropology and American Indian studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and coedited Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation (California, 1988).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction and Note on Orthography 1
Pt. 1 Contexts
1 The Yurok Reservation 39
2 Double Helix 50
3 Native Authors 62
Pt. 2 Testimony
4 Seeing with Their Own Eyes 87
5 Doctors 127
6 The GO-Road 170
Pt. 3 Understandings
7 The One Who Flies All around the World 205
8 The World 213
9 Melancholy 221
10 The Shaker Church 245
11 Jump Dance 261
Notes 281
References 295
Acknowledgments of Permissions 313
Index 315
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