Chapter

<span class="smallCaps">The Between</span>

in Imaginative Horizons

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226118734
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226118758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226118758.003.0003
The Between

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The Western Apache live in Arizona and, like the Navajo, speak a southern Athabaskan language. They share many social and cultural features with the Navajo, including a respect for place. They are a laconic people who prefer to be silent when they find themselves in ambiguous or unpredictable social relationships. The Apache's landscape is mnemonically saturated, narrated, moralized. Despite the inevitable ravages of reservation life, the Navajo landscape seems live and rich in vital memory. This chapter focuses on ritual and other social and cultural disjunctions and the ever-shrinking but never quite disappearing moment of difference that resists articulation. They are simply performed and usually ignored, though they may be displayed in protracted and repetitive rituals, drama, literature, and music.

Keywords: Western Apache; social relationships; memory; cultural disjunctions; music

Chapter.  11615 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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