By Philip A. Dennis
"Most anthropologists who've lived between other folks . . . think a periodic have to pass back," writes Philip A. Dennis within the creation to this ebook. "Fieldwork promises a stake within the humans themselves, a collection of relationships that final the remainder of your existence . . . and whilst the time is correct, you will need to move back."
Dennis first journeyed to Awastara, a village at the northeastern coast of Nicaragua, in the course of 1978-1979 as a postdoctoral scholar. He had come to review a culture-bound syndrome within which younger ladies are possessed by means of devils. within the procedure, he grew to become eager about different features of Miskitu culture—turtle fishing, Miskitu Christianity, group improvement efforts—the complete development of Miskitu group existence. He additionally shaped deep friendships to hold into the future.
Twenty years later he was once in a position to go back and proceed his ethnographic paintings. using rules from contemporary interpretive anthropology and a shiny writing kind, Dennis describes foodstuff behavior, language, health and wellbeing practices, spiritual ideals, and storytelling, inviting the reader to event lifestyles in Awastara besides him. construction upon previous paintings by means of Mary Helms, Bernard Nietschmann, Edmund Gordon, and Charles Hale, The Miskitu humans of Awastara makes its personal unique contribution. it's the first full-length research of a coastal Miskitu group north of Puerto Cabezas, contrasting existence earlier than and after the struggle years of the Eighties. it will likely be a helpful addition to the literature in this indigenous workforce and may attract anthropologists and different social scientists, in addition to all readers drawn to peoples of the Caribbean coast.
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