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One of the most significant theoretical issues in contemporary American archaeology--the role of oral tradition in scientific research. Ronald J. Mason explores the tension between aboriginal oral traditions and the practice of archaeology in North America. That exploration is necessarily interdisciplinary and set in a global context. Indeed, the issues at stake are universal in the current era of intellectual decolonization and multiculturalism. Unless committed to writing, even the most esteemed utterances are inevitably forgotten with the passing of generations, however much the succeeding ones try to reproduce what they think they had heard. Writing shares with archaeo-logical remains a greater, if unequal, durability. Through copious examples across academic and ethnographic spectra and over millennia, Mason examines the disparate functions of traditional ways of knowing in contrast to the paradigm of science and critical historiography. Ronald J. Mason is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and the Henry M. Wriston Emeritus Professor of Social Science at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and author of Great Lakes Archaeology.

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ISBN:
9780817355333
Author:
Mason, Ronald J.
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Storytelling
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Religion and American Culture
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » North America
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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