16 color plates, 3 color illustrations, 1 drawings, 15 halftones, 3 maps

Artisans and Advocacy in the Global Market

Walking the Heart Path
Edited by Jeanne SimonelliKatherine O’DonnellJune Nash



The collaborations, cooperatives, and conundrums described in this collection reaffirm ancient traditions even as artisan production and the preservation of cultural identity interact to create a sustainable future that entails new kinds of producer-consumer relations and partnerships. Contributors to this book explore how crafts—pottery, weaving, basketmaking, storytelling—in Middle America and beyond are a means of making an intangible cultural heritage visible, material, and enduring. Each contribution shows how social science research can evolve into advocacy, collaboration, and friendship—activist work that exemplifies the continuing concerns of applied and practicing social scientists in an anthropology increasingly cognizant of both its past and its potential impact on power and equity.

Subjects: Anthropology

Contributor Bios
Jeanne Simonelli is a professor emerita of anthropology and senior research associate at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Crossing Between Worlds: The Navajo of Canyon de Chelly and the coauthor of Uprising of Hope: Sharing the Zapatista Journey to Alternative Development.
Katherine O’Donnell is a professor of sociology at Hartwick College and the author of Weaving Transnational Solidarity: From the Catskills to Chiapas and Beyond.
June Nash is a Distinguished Professor emerita of anthropology at the City University of New York. Her most recent book is Mayan Visions: The Quest for Autonomy in an Age of Globalization.