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Wisdom sits in places : landscape and language among the Western Apache

Author: Keith H Basso
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This remarkable book introduces us to four unforgettable Apache people, each of whom offers a different take on the significance of places in their culture. Apache conceptions of wisdom, manners and morals and of their own history are inextricably intertwined with place, and by allowing us to overhear his conversations with Apaches on these subjects Basso expands our awareness of what place can mean to people. Most  Read more...
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Basso, Keith H., 1940-
Wisdom sits in places.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)647304360
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith H Basso
ISBN: 0826317235 9780826317230 0826317243 9780826317247
OCLC Number: 33333802
Awards: Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, 1996.
Description: xviii, 171 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Western Apache pronunciation guide --
Quoting the ancestors --
Stalking with stories --
Speaking with names --
Wisdom sits in places.
Responsibility: Keith H. Basso.

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This remarkable book introduces us to four unforgettable Apache people, each of whom offers a different take on the significance of places in their culture. Apache conceptions of wisdom, manners and morals and of their own history are inextricably intertwined with place, and by allowing us to overhear his conversations with Apaches on these subjects Basso expands our awareness of what place can mean to people. Most of us use the term "sense of place" often and rather carelessly when we think of nature or home or literature. Our senses of place, however, come not only from our individual experiences but also from our cultures. "Wisdom Sits in Places", the first sustained study of places and place-names by an anthropologist, explores place, places, and what they mean to a particular group of people, the Western Apache in Arizona. For more than thirty years, Keith Basso has been doing fieldwork among the Western Apache, and now he shares with us what he has learned of Apache place-names where they come from and what they mean to Apaches.

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This brilliant book on linguistic awareness of local landscapes is a gem." - Arizona Republic

 
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