Anthroweek10 - boring news report Nesper was virtually an...

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Week 10 Summary This week we read the second half of The Walleye War , and thus concluding this ethnography about the Ojibwe and their struggle to secure their rights as spear-fishers. The conflict becomes quite heated, with the Indians being subjected to ridiculed with “colorful” slogans and various groups outside the conflict taking sides and getting involved. The Indians were dehumanized in a way that made it easier to oppose them. With all this chaos surrounding the conflict, it would seem that the initial problem went from being one of politics to one of a racial caliber. This was largely brought on by the media attention that the conflict received, and one could definitely argue that it was sensationalized and became less and less about the actual problem. The way that the ethnography was presented in The Walleye War, greatly influenced the way one (or at least I) view this debate. It seemed to be very impersonal, and almost read like a
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Unformatted text preview: boring news report. Nesper was virtually an outsider looking in; and although his attempts to bring the reader into his area of interest are admirable, they fail to make a relatable and humanistic connection with the audience. No real emotional attachment seems to be desired as Nesper lists off facts in a monotonous way. It is very obvious that Nesper takes the side of the Objibwe, but that connection of why he cares so much is very much lacking. As far as the Indian’s spiritual and religious views, they seem to be very similar to those of the Reindeer People in that there is a strong connection with animals and spirits of nature and how human’s seem to pale in comparison and are in this constant fight to sacrifice to them and keep them happy. To the Flambeau Indians, fishing seems to be sort of a “rite of passage,” much like bringing down a Reindeer was one for the Reindeer People....
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ANTHRO 104 taught by Professor Bowie during the Spring '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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