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Trickster [BOOKS] ✭ Trickster By Eileen Kane – A young trainee anthropologist leaves her violent Mafia run hometown Youngstown Ohio to study an exotic group the Paiute Indians of Nevada This is 1964; she'll be the expert and they'll be the subject A young trainee anthropologist leaves her violent Mafia run hometown Youngstown Ohio to study an exotic group the Paiute Indians of Nevada This is ; she'll be the expert and they'll be the subjects The Paiute elders have other ideas They'll be the parents They set themselves two tasks to help her get a good grade on her project and to send her home uickly to her new bridegroom They dismiss her research topic and introduce her instead to their spirit creature the outrageously mischievous rule breaking Trickster CoyoteWhy do the Paiutes love Coyote Why do Youngstown mill workers vote for Mafia candidates for municipal office Tricksters become key to understanding how oppressed groups function in a hostile world For information visit wwwTricksterie.

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  1. Idleprimate Idleprimate says:

    Eileen Kane is a professional anthropologist with the fieldwork to prove it but she made her mark in the world educating the rest of us shmucks not the cognoscenti I think that was probably valuable to usHer memoir of her first foray into fieldwork is replete with humour detail and wisdomShe spins the tale of a young female anthropologist venturing out with insecurity into a male dominated world in 1964 right after her marriage risking everything including the cross looks from folk in her home townI am not an anthropologist but if I was I would prescribe this book as a primer to let people know how different the classroom is from the sloppy mess of real life Even for the anthro students it paints a vivid picture of the changes going on in that field at the time She is sent to catalogue a language make a census and categorize a people Instead she plunges deep into the ualitative world of understanding a peopleI will not reveal anything of her journey here except to say that like any transformative journey trickster was along side Here you can just taste the beginningShe arrives in a tiny impoverished town to interview and catalogue the Paiute Indians She may as well have parachuted She is on her own her letters of passage are lost or hidden by mischievous helpers The only thing provided by her university is a vehicle and they provide a labeled police car Very useful in earning the trust of her subjectsNo one adopts her in the cinematic fashion Everyone toys with her and the children follow her and ply her with lies The elderly tempt her with hints of history and language constantly delaying so as to retain the company and amusement They mislead her and send her on dead end hunts with their mytho talesAnd there is no malice The narrative weaves itself into a world where everyone plays at being simple country folk while all having if not nefarious agendas complicated and playful agendas They are heartfelt in wanting to help her but it is the definition of help that is in uestion They dole out lore ever so slowly as if enjoying her hunt They delight when she sweats about not being able to get her answersKane uses the powerful tool of reflection to juxtapose the history of her own colourful town and her emerging feminist awakenings with the stories she learns in the dusty townI cannot attest to whether she is a good anthropologist but I can say she is a master of layering the complexity of experience and fully imbuing it with the mighty spirit of the trickster In this volume we get an ethnography of the Paiute a coming of age tale a story of feminist coming out mischievous and magical tales of coyote and a sober reflection of lessons learned young as reviewed by an elder

  2. Nicole Critchley Nicole Critchley says:

    Great book that shows you how different the profession of Anthropology is from the hay days Eileen Kane writes about her first field study with the Paiute and reflects on her upbringing in a mafia run town

  3. Keshia Keshia says:

    I think every budding cultural anthropologist shares concerns of how they will actually handle their chosen profession and this book was simply so perfect for me I will be graduating over the next years with my degrees in different anthropology fields and there are some days where I feel like I will never be able to perform the necessary tasks needed to properly study another culture than my own This book was the first anthropology based book that actually showed of the personal side to fieldwork than the actual findings themselves It felt so good to know that there are struggles that every anthropologist must face and that there is a learning curve we must all succumb to as well I loved this book I loved how she dived head first into her fieldwork completely unsure of herself and at a time that most women during that time were settling down This book should be reuired reading for any anthropology student

  4. WM Rine WM Rine says:

    I found this book uite by accident on the bookshelf of my favorite book shop but the I read it the I think it found me This is a marvelous surprising book that captures the magic of a life and a time A young anthropologist in training from the midwest goes to do her first fieldwork documenting the Paiutes in the desert of western Nevada just a week after her honeymoon It's 1964 and the civil rights law has just been passed the Vietnam War is a year away from ramping up women are getting independence and the field of anthropology is about to undergo some reflection on its very colonialist view on the world and on culture Ms Kane meets many of the people from Yerington Nevada and really meets herself for the first time in many ways It's a very wise read fun thought provoking and very funny at turns I couldn't put it down

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