Chapter

Double Helix

Thomas Buckley

in Standing Ground

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233584
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233584.003.0003
Double Helix

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This chapter describes the history of the author's connections with Yurok Indians and their neighbors, and specifies his location as an interpreter. The first interaction described is that between the author and the captain, a native of the Yurok tribe, tracing the captain's life history from birth to his marriage. The second interaction is that between the author and a non-Indian, who was adopted by the captain and became well known among the whites after the Second World War, as a spokesperson for the welfare of the Yurok Indians. Finally, the author was drawn to the Yuroks through another non-Indian, Harry Kellett Roberts, long before turning to the practice of anthropology. The relationship of the author with Harry as his student, and his with an adoptive Yurok lineage of teachers, reaches deep into the nineteenth century, bringing individuality, improvisation, and historical transformation in understanding the Yurok culture.

Keywords: Yurok Indians; anthropology; non-Indian; Yurok lineage; Yurok culture

Chapter.  4311 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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