Seeing with Their Own Eyes

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:
Seeing with Their Own Eyes

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This chapter introduces varieties of physical and spiritual personal “training” through which Yurok individuals have nurtured experiential knowledge in the past and through which they continue to do so today. It treats these practices in a largely descriptive manner (avoiding a generalized analysis) and lays the ethnographic groundwork for a further critique of received anthropological and psychological reductions. This account is based on narratives of the elders of the Yurok tribesm, which the chapter uses to describe aspects of experience, stages of growth, and sacred teachings. Finally, it states that this real world is not a symbolic cosmos whose structure one can all too easily derive from myth or ethnographic reconstruction, as the accounts of different individuals are always varying.

Keywords: training; Yurok; ethnographic reconstruction; sacred teachings; experiential knowledge

Chapter.  16002 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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