Anguish of Snails

Anguish of Snails

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After a career working and living with American Indians and studying their traditions, Barre Toelken has written this sweeping study of Native American folklore in the West. Within a framework of performance theory, cultural worldview, and collaborative research, he examines Native American visual arts, dance, oral tradition (story and song), humor, and patterns of thinking and discovery to demonstrate what can be gleaned from Indian traditions by Natives and non-Natives alike. In the process he considers popular distortions of Indian beliefs, demystifies many traditions by showing how they can be comprehended within their cultural contexts, considers why some aspects of Native American life are not meant to be understood by or shared with outsiders, and emphasizes how much can be learned through sensitivity to and awareness of cultural values. Winner of the 2004 Chicago Folklore Prize, The Anguish of Snails is an essential work for the collection of any serious reader in folklore or Native American studies.A common comment during the 1960s and 1970s was a€œwhites get headaches; we get anthropologistsa€ (fig. 61). People ... A tourist asks, a€œWhere does this road go?a€ and an ... The old man suddenly sneezes, then blows his nose on the ground.

Title:Anguish of Snails
Author:Barre Toelken
Publisher:University Press of Colorado - 2003-06-15


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