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

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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, andquot;landscapeandquot; 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 the belief system 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, time is subordinate to place, and history, as defined in Western academic terms, does not exist.

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Jessica Joyce Christie is Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design, Leo Jenkins Fine Arts Center, East Carolina University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817355609
Author:
Christie, Jessica
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Editor:
Christie, Jessica Joyce
Contribution:
Paxton, Merideth
Contribution:
Schaafsma, Polly
Author:
Eddy, Larry
Author:
Christie, Jessica Joyce
Author:
Netherly, Patricia J.
Author:
Oakley, Christopher
Author:
Tsosie, Jr., William B.
Author:
Schaafsma, Polly
Author:
William B. Tsosie, Jr.
Author:
Stoffle, Richard
Author:
Arnold, Richard
Author:
Van Vlack, Kathleen
Author:
Kathleen Van Vlack
Author:
Aguilar-Moreno, Manuel
Author:
Cornelius, Betty
Author:
Paxton, Merideth
Author:
Christenson, Allen J.
Subject:
Indians
Subject:
Indians -- Origin.
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
American - Native American
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » New World
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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