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In Sorcery's Shadow: A Memoir of Apprenticeship Among the Songhay of Niger

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Publisher Comments:

The tale of Paul Stoller's sojourn among sorcerors in the Republic of Niger is a story of growth and change, of mutual respect and understanding that will challenge all who read it to plunge deeply into an alien world.

Book News Annotation:

Stoller (anthropology, West Chester U.) was a sorcerer's apprentice during four field trips to Songhay. He reports the power of witchcraft and the substance of life in this middle Niger River region. No scholarly apparatus. Originally published in 1987.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Paul Stoller is professor of anthropology at West Chester University. He is also a research associate in the department of anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution. Cheryl Olkes is director of Harmattan, a gallery of African arts in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Acknowledgments

Personae

I. 1976-77

1. Mehanna

2. A Lesson in Survey Research

3. Discussion Groups

4. Guided Interpretations

5. Two Birds in the Rafters Are Better Than One in the Bush

6. Sorko Djibo

7. An Apprentice's First Mission

8. Immersed in Texts

9. Wanzerbe

10. Initiation

11. Witches

12. A Tonic for Work

13. Between Sound and the Shadow

14. Tillaberi

15. The Young Sohanci

16. Asking Questions

17. Prison Years

18. The Coming of Serci

19. Words of Protection

20. On the Road

21. Vengeance for the Powerful

II. 1979-80

22. Frightening Discoveries

23. Evidence of Power

24. Repelled by the Cold in Ayoru

25. An Interpretation

26. The Path to Wanzerbe

27. A Test of Hardness

III. 1981

28. Rites of Clairvoyance

29. Sohanci Business

30. Journey Under the River

31. Amadu Zima

32. An Invitation from Kassey

IV. 1982-83

33. A Father and His Son

34. Fatouma

35. Kassey

V. 1984

36. Power in the Compound

37. A Lecture on Medicine

38. Mehanna Revisited

39. The Way of the Cowry

40. Showdown with Djibo

41. Last Stand in Wanzerbe

Epilogue: In Sorcery's Shadow

Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226775432
Author:
Olkes, Cheryl
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Photographer:
Olkes, Cheryl
Author:
Olkes, Cheryl
Author:
Stoller, Paul
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Witchcraft
Subject:
Witchcraft & Wicca
Subject:
Stoller, Paul
Subject:
Ethnology -- Niger -- Field work.
Subject:
Witchcraft -- Niger.
Subject:
Songhai
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Songhai (African people)
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
1240
Publication Date:
19890231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 halftones, 2 maps
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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