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Living life's circle : Mescalero Apache cosmovision

Author: Claire R Farrer
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [1991] ©1991
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The product of more than fifteen years' contact and life with the Mescalero people in southern New Mexico, Living Life's Circle is one of the first works devoted to the emergent new interdiscipline of ethnoastronomy, a field that considers non-Western perceptions of celestial phenomena and the ways in which the sky and its movements form "templates" fro life. During this fifteen-year period, author Claire Farrer had  Read more...
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Farrer, Claire R.
Living life's circle.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1991
(OCoLC)595789394
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claire R Farrer
ISBN: 0826313116 9780826313119
OCLC Number: 24107957
Description: xiii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Creating the Universe --
Paying attention --
Seeing the pattern --
Clowning and chiasm --
Singing for life --
Crying for death --
Living life's circle --
A brief history of Mescalero Apaches.
Responsibility: Claire R. Farrer.

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The product of more than fifteen years' contact and life with the Mescalero people in southern New Mexico, Living Life's Circle is one of the first works devoted to the emergent new interdiscipline of ethnoastronomy, a field that considers non-Western perceptions of celestial phenomena and the ways in which the sky and its movements form "templates" fro life. During this fifteen-year period, author Claire Farrer had as friend and mentor the remakable Bernard Second, signer and medicine man, who not only dreamed her arrival but accurately predicted his death eleven years beforehand. Urged by Second's ceaseless admonition, "Pay attention," Farrer slowly recognized the presence of a powerful primary metaphor, rooted in acute astronomical observation, and its direct relevance to all aspects of Mescalero life. This book beautifully elucidates the Mescalero view of a living interconnection to the larger "circle." Farrer explains the Apache concept of a nexus between the known and the chaotic, or Real and Shadow Worlds, and its personification in Mescalero clown tradition, In the course of her exposition, she seamlessly interjects significant personal experiences in such matters as death, food, gender, and the shape of present-day Apache life. A brief appendix also encapsulates a history of the Mescalero, many of whom are direct descendants of the Apache prophet and warrior Geronimo -- Book jacket.

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