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Sarris maintains that cultural practices can be understood only in their living, changing contexts. Central to his approach is an ...
Sarris maintains that cultural practices can be understood only in their living, changing contexts. Central to his approach is an understanding of storytelling, a practice that embodies all the indeterminateness, structural looseness, multivalence, and richness of culture itself. He describes encounters between his Indian aunts and Euro-American students and the challenge of reading in a reservation classroom; he brings the reports of earlier ethnographers out of museums into the light of contemporary literary and anthropological theory.
Sarris's perspective is exceptional: son of a Coast Miwok/Pomo father and a Jewish mother, he was raised by Mabel McKay -- a renowned Cache Creek Pomo basketweaver and medicine woman -- and by others, Indian and non-Indian, in Santa Rosa, California. Educated at Stanford, he is now a university professor and recently became Chairman of the Federated Coast Miwok tribe. His own story is woven into these essays and provides valuable insights for anyone interested in cross-cultural communication, including educators, theorists of language and culture, and general readers.
Publication date: 1993-08
Number of pages: 229
Publisher: University of California Press
Subjects: Category, Non-fiction, Art/design/film, Dance & Other Performing Arts, Other Performing Arts, Education / Language / ESOL, Literature & Literary Studies, Literature: History & Criticism, Social Sciences, Sociology, Folklore, Myths & Legends, Sociology & Anthropology, Sociology: Customs & Traditions