Anthropology

Jean-Frederic Waldeck

Artist of Exotic Mexico
By Esther Pasztory

This work is a rediscovery of the lively and dramatic art of one of the first European artists to visit the ruins at Palenque in the early nineteenth century.

Becoming Indian

The Struggle over Cherokee Identity in the Twenty-first Century
By Circe Sturm

In Becoming Indian, author Circe Sturm examines Cherokee identity politics and the phenomenon of racial shifting. Racial shifters, as described by Sturm, are people who have changed their racial self-identification from non-Indian to Indian on the US Census.

The Sacred Oral Tradition of the Havasupai

As Retold By Elders and Headmen Manakaja and Sinyella 1918–1921
Edited by Frank TikalskyCatherine EulerJohn Nagel

This collection of forty-eight stories is one of the earliest, most complete translations of an entire Native American oral tradition.

Forces of Compassion

Humanitarianism between Ethics and Politics
Edited by Erica BornsteinPeter Redfield

Suffering and charity have a long history. Both human sorrows and attempted remedies were familiar features of life in earlier eras and religious traditions, however, during the final decades of the twentieth century, natural disasters and civilian casualties of war transformed into “humanitarian crises.” In these recurring dramas presented by international media, an extensive network of interstate entities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) supplies assistance to victims.

Subjects: Anthropology

Pharmaceutical Self

The Global Shaping of Experience in an Age of Psychopharmacology
Edited by Janis H. Jenkins

This book addresses a critical contemporary issue—the worldwide proliferation of pharmaceutical use. The contributors explore questions such as: How are culturally constituted selves transformed by regular ingestion of pharmaceutical drugs? Does “being human” increasingly come to mean not only oriented to drugs but also created and regulated by them? From the standpoint of cultural phenomenology, does this reshape human “being”?

The Maya World of Communicating Objects

Quadripartite Crosses, Trees, and Stones
By Miguel Angel Astor-Aguilera

Astor-Aguilera argues that the western concept of religion and religious objects is not the framework for understanding Mayan cosmology or practice.

Pueblo Peoples on the Pajarito Plateau

Archaeology and Efficiency
By David E. Stuart

Stuart demonstrates how the descendants of the Chaco survivors who relocated to Bandlier and the Pajarito Plateau rebalanced their society to be more efficient and practical in order to survive.

The Lipan Apaches

People of Wind and Lightning
By Thomas A. Britten

This study of one of the least-known Apache tribes utilizes archival materials to reconstruct Lipan history through numerous threats to their society.

Roots of Conflict

Soils, Agriculture, and Sociopolitical Complexity in Ancient Hawai'i
Edited by Patrick Vinton Kirch

Roots of Conflict presents the efforts of a team of social and natural scientists to understand the complex, systemic linkages between land, climate, crops, human populations, and their cultural structures.

Singing to the Plants

A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon
By Stephan V. Beyer

This accessible study of ayahuasca shamanism introduces its ritual practices, including healers' spiritual relationships with the native plants used in its ceremonies.

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