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Storytracking : Texts, Stories, and Histories in Central Australia - Sam D. Gill

Storytracking

Texts, Stories, and Histories in Central Australia

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Published: 1st November 1997
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This innovative work takes a narrative technique (known as "storytracking") practiced by Australian aboriginal peoples and applies it to the academic study of their culture. Gill's purpose is to get as close as possible to the perceptions and beliefs of these indigenous peoples by stripping away the layers of European interpretation and construction. His technique involves comparing the versions of aboriginal texts presented in academic reports with the text versions as they appear in each report's cited sources. The comparison helps reveal the extent to which the text is transformed through its presentation. Gill follows the chain of citations along, uncovering the story, or as he calls it the "storytrack," that interconnects scholar with scholar-independent subject. The storytrack reveals the various academic operations--translations, editing, conflation, interpretation--that serve to build a bridge connecting subject and scholarly report.
Gill begins by examining Mircea Eliade's influential analysis of an Australian myth, "Numbakulla and the Sacred Pole." He goes back to the field notes of the anthropologists who originally collected the story and by following the trail of publications, revisions, and retellings of this tale is able to show that Eliade's version bears almost no relation to the original and that the interpretations Eliade built around it is thus entirely a European construct, motivated largely by preconceptions about the nature of religion. By applying this method to other received texts of aboriginal religion, Gill is able to bring us closer than ever before to the worldview of this vanishing culture. At the same time, his work constitutes an important statement on and critique of the academic study of religion as it has traditionally been practiced.

Preface and Acknoeledgmentsp. vii
Storytracking the Arrernte Through the Academic Bushp. 3
Storytracking Toward Theoryp. 20
Central Australiap. 43
Irbmangkarap. 65
Altjirap. 85
The Arrerntep. 121
Storytracking the Academic Study of Religionp. 178
End Gamep. 212
Notesp. 217
Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780195115871
ISBN-10: 0195115872
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st November 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.56