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Unformatted text preview: reindeer. This shows how cultures vary greatly on means of survival. Along with means of survival, the sheer fact that the Eveny have a shorter life expectancy then that of Russian citizens was quite interesting. Vitebsky touches on aspects related to depression, cancer, and a poisoned environment as aspects that led to shorter native life spans. The idea of animal symbolism and dreams foreshadowing ones love and death seems a bit obscure to me as well. Specifically interesting was the story involving Lidias dreams and the collapsed reindeer. She makes the connection that the reindeer symbolized the terminal illness in which her father acquired. Personally I have never thought about dreams in this way nor have I ever thought about many of the ideas represented in this ethnography. That is why overall I believe reading Vitebskys work has enlightened me to nave realism and the idea that every culture can vary dramatically and still survive....
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ANTHRO 104 taught by Professor Bowie during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.
- Spring '08