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Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache Paperback – August 1, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Basso divides his book into four sections: Quoting the Ancestors, Stalking with Stories, Speaking with Names, and Wisdom Sits in Places. Each chapter's focus is to examine how landscape and language serve distinct purposes in Western Apache society. Basso incorporates the oral history of, and discussions with, local Apaches, as well as his formal training as an ethnographer-linguist, to explain the underlying themes of this book.
First, Basso introduces the reader to the idea of place-names and in the Western Apache construction of history.Read more ›
While the book focuses upon the experience of a particular group of people, it is a wonderful book to 'think with' when each of us contemplates our own sense of place and how places help to construct our experiences and color our imagined pasts and futures. After all, human existence is deeply embedded in time and space, and our social lives are situated within an exchange of symbolic forms wherever we live. As Basso says, places have profound meaning and are often metaphors for living and understanding our social worlds and practices.
For a full review see Interface, Volume 3, Issue 2.
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Very interesting viewpoint. One I've never understood until now. It makes good sense and I can see it working in my life.Published 11 months ago by Ralph
This book is a very astute look into another culture. Contained in this volume are stories, tales and remembrances from a people and a way of life that has sadly all but... Read morePublished 12 months ago by jorma
I bought the book for a class but when I started reading it before the class started I couldn't stop. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marthelma C. Gaman