Being and place among the Tlingit /
Thomas F. Thornton.
Seattle : University of Washington Press ; Juneau, Alaska : Sealaska Heritage Institute, c2008.
xv, 247 p. : ill.
0295987499 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780295987491 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Seattle : University of Washington Press ; Juneau, Alaska : Sealaska Heritage Institute, c2008.
0295987499 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780295987491 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: Place and Tlingit senses of being -- Know your place : the social organization of geographic knowledge -- What's in a name? : place and cognition -- Production and place : "it was easy for me to put up fish there" -- Ritual as emplacement : the potlatch (ku.éex') -- Conclusion: Toward an anthropology of place.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Thomas F. Thornton is associate professor of anthropology at Portland State University in Oregon.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-09-01:
The Tlingit people of southeast Alaska share with other Native Americans an intense attachment to place that is culturally mediated and culturally augmented. Matrilineal descent groups owned large tracts of country. Individuals knew every stream, bay, and rock, leading to emotional attachment to the land, which in turn was religiously constructed through myths, rituals, and direct attachment. Such knowledge of the land was necessary to a survival system based on intensive use of fish, game, berries, and other wild foods. Good management depended on clear ownership and emotional caring. Thornton (Portland State Univ.) draws on years of research and on quotes from Tlingit elders, relating their knowledge to phenomenological philosophy of place and to geographic theory. Perhaps the book's most widely useful aspect is the extremely clear contrast it draws between the highly effective management of fish resources based on clear ownership and religious and emotional concern, and the utterly disastrous waste of the fishery by Anglo-Americans, who treat it as an open-access good and as a wasting asset to be drawn down without thought for the future. For scholars in the relevant areas. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. N. Anderson emeritus, University of California, Riverside
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Title Summary
"In Being and Place among the Tlingit, place signifies a specific geographical location and also reveals the ways in which individuals and social groups define themselves. The notion of place consists of three dimensions - space, time, and experience - which are culturally and environmentally structured. Thomas Thornton examines each in detail to show how individual and collective Tlingit notions of place, being, and identity are formed. As he observes, despite cultural and environmental changes over time, particularly in the post-contact era since the late eighteenth century, Tlingits continue to bind themselves and their culture to places and landscapes in distinctive ways."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
Tlingit Spelling and Pronunciation Guidep. viii
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Place and Tlingit Senses of Beingp. 3
Know Your Place: The Social Organization of Geographic Knowledgep. 36
What's in a Name?: Place and Cognitionp. 68
Production and Place: "It was easy for me to put up fish there."p. 116
Ritual as Emplacement: The Potlatch/Ku.eex'p. 173
Conclusion: Toward an Anthropology of Placep. 189
Tlingit Resources with Seasonalityp. 199
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 237
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