Book ID: CBB883060108

Savage Kin: Indigenous Informants and American Anthropologists (2018)


Margaret M. Bruchac (Author)
Melissa Fawcett Tantaquidgeon Zobel (Author)

University of Arizona Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 280 pages
Language: English

In this provocative new book, Margaret M. Bruchac, an Indigenous anthropologist, turns the word savage on its head. Savage Kin explores the nature of the relationships between Indigenous informants such as Gladys Tantaquidgeon (Mohegan), Jesse Cornplanter (Seneca), and George Hunt (Tlingit), and early twentieth-century anthropological collectors such as Frank Speck, Arthur C. Parker, William N. Fenton, and Franz Boas. This book reconceptualizes the intimate details of encounters with Native interlocutors who by turns inspired, facilitated, and resisted the anthropological enterprise. Like other texts focused on this era, Savage Kin features some of the elite white men credited with salvaging material that might otherwise have been lost. Unlike other texts, this book highlights the intellectual contributions and cultural strategies of unsung Indigenous informants without whom this research could never have taken place. These bicultural partnerships transgressed social divides and blurred the roles of anthropologist/informant, relative/stranger, and collector/collected. Yet these stories were obscured by collecting practices that separated people from objects, objects from communities, and communities from stories. Bruchac’s decolonizing efforts include “reverse ethnography”—painstakingly tracking seemingly unidentifiable objects, misconstrued social relations, unpublished correspondence, and unattributed field notes—to recover this evidence. Those early encounters generated foundational knowledges that still affect Indigenous communities today.Savage Kin also contains unexpected narratives of human and other-­than-human encounters—brilliant discoveries, lessons from ancestral spirits, prophetic warnings, powerful gifts, and personal tragedies—that will move Native and non-Native readers alike.

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Authors & Contributors
Turnbull, Paul
Brookes, Barbara L.
Morrow, Daniel
Bradley, John K.
Haralampou, Luka
Adgemis, Philip
History and Anthropology
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Intellectual History Review
Historical Records of Australian Science
History of the Human Sciences
Chinese University Press
Oxford University Press
University of Pennsylvania
Asian Studies Association of Australia in association with University Of Hawaii Press
Yale University Press
Baraka Books
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Science and culture
Science and politics
Traditional societies and cultures
Boas, Franz
Stirling, Edward Charles
Skinner, Henry Devenish
Spencer, Baldwin
Lehmann-Nitsche, Roberto
Baudin, Nicolas
New Zealand
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
21st century

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