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P9 myths are easy to believe about people you know

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p9: myths are easy to believe about people you know practically nothing about… how can you judge? - p9: the myths: - 52 words for snow - they eat only raw meat - they share their wives with strangers who visit - they rub noses rather than kiss - their leave their elderly out on ice floes to die (or the elderly commit suicide for the good of the family or group) - p9: “Eskimo”: a term used by neighboring groups meaning “eaters of raw flesh” - p11: depressing series of Inuit displayed as living collectibles or museum exhibits, mostly dying of European diseases - p13-14: films such as Nanook of the North - p14: in describing one film with a shaman, Steckley mentions that the popularity of shamans in white culture stems largely from Carlos Castaneda and his dozen books about spiritual drug trips with a Yaqui shaman, starting with The Teachings of Don Juan - Huge irony here: this, too, was a lie! - Teachings was based on Castaneda’s thesis and dissertation “research” at UCLA, where I was later a grad student.. - several years after granting his Ph.D., his UCLA advisors were appalled to learn that parts of the dissertation were plagiarized from earlier sources, that Castaneda claimed to be in places at times when there was proof that he was elsewhere, etc. – it was clearly in part or completely fiction - they considered retracting his degree, but there is no way to do that - he has been an embarrassment to the department ever since - but his books were wildly popular in the late sixties and onwards - More myths: - female infanticide - claimed to be necessary for survival - arguable how common or consistent - wife sharing (or husband sharing) - again: how much? who decided? - rubbing noses - pibloktuq (Arctic hysteria) - maybe due to extreme conditions and treatment in encounters with whites such as the explorer Robert Perry? - note the old assumption here: cultures are separate, independent things, and people behave according to their culture
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Anth 340.101: Living in our Globalized World F 2011 / Owen: Chavez Intro, Ch. 1, Steckley Ch. 1 p. 9 - versus the newer view: interactions between cultures are not aberrations to ignore, but crucial aspects of peoples’ situations - what whites observe of Inuit behavior might be partially the result of the presence and behavior of the whites, not just of Inuit culture - igloo…? - cannibalism… originally reported by John Rae to have been among the members of Sir John Franklin’s crew - but that claim, based on multiple Inuit accounts, was rejected as impossible - the Inuit must have eaten them, instead - this interpretation, too, was functional: it preserved the ideal concept of the British gentleman, and simultaneously contrasted him to the barbaric, cannibalistic Inuit - p24: the social production of truth and knowledge! - p24: Canadian teachers are products of Canadian schools - they don’t learn much, so they can’t teach much - “ignorance is as communicable as knowledge” - even when Steckley’s article on “the Iroquois Great Law of Peace” was added to a
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  • Fall '11
  • Owen
  • Immigration to the United States, liminality, globalized world, − Chavez, Chavez Intro

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