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Peyote_lecture - Peyote lecture Reading Barbara Myeroff Peyote Hunt 1 Social Structure of Huichol Indians(in Mexico Nuclear families Ranchos

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Peyote lecture Reading: Barbara Myeroff, Peyote Hunt 1) Social Structure of Huichol Indians (in Mexico) : Nuclear families Ranchos – extended families – scattered. 1 mara’akame (shaman) for 8-10 families Rancherias – loosely related, 1 ritual dancing plaza & ancestor crystals 5 communities – “acephalous” 2) Subsistence Historically, colonial powers wrestled with indigenous disinterest in market, accumulation. Preference for leisure Marshall Sahlins: hunter-gatherers as “original affluent society” (rich in time, if poor in goods) 3) Religion Mara’akame = priest, theologian, curer, shaman, artist, psychiatrist
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4) Functionalism v Symbolic Anthropology Mandelbaum & Leacock would say Huichol live far apart & pilgrimage & peyote give sense of integration Pilgrimages esp. of interest to Victor Turner, but for meaning rather than function What parallels can you think of? Mecca
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ARCH 4.401 taught by Professor Utemetabauer during the Fall '06 term at MIT.

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Peyote_lecture - Peyote lecture Reading Barbara Myeroff Peyote Hunt 1 Social Structure of Huichol Indians(in Mexico Nuclear families Ranchos

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