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- DescriptionGlaciers in America's far rthwest figure prominently in indigeus oral traditions, early travelers' journals, and the work of geophysical scientists. By following such stories across three centuries, this book explores local kwledge, colonial encounters, and environmental change. Do Glaciers Listen? examines conflicting depictions of glaciers to show how natural and social histories are entangled. During late stages of the Little Ice Age, significant geophysical changes coincided with dramatic social upheaval in the Saint Elias Mountains. European visitors brought conceptions of Nature as sublime, as spiritual, or as a resource for human progress. They saw glaciers as inanimate, subject to empirical investigation and measurement. Aboriginal responses were strikingly different. From their perspectives, glaciers were sentient, animate, and quick to respond to human behaviour. In each case, experiences and ideas surrounding glaciers were incorporated into interpretations of social relations. Focusing on these contrasting views, Julie Cruikshank demonstrates how local kwledge is produced, rather than discovered, through such encounters, and how oral histories conjoin social and biophysical processes. She traces how divergent views continue to weave through contemporary debates about protected areas, parks and the new World Heritage site that encompasses the area where Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory w meet. Students and scholars of Native studies and anthropology as well as readers interested in rthern studies and colonial encounters will find Do Glaciers Listen? a fascinating read and a rich addition to circumpolar literature.
- Author BiographyJulie Cruikshank is Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of Life Lived Like a Story (winner of the Canadian Historical Association's 1991 Macdonald Prize), Reading Voices, and The Social Life of Stories.
- PrizesWinner of K.D. Srivastava Award, UBC Press 2006 (Canada) and Vic Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2006 (United States) and Clio Award (North), Canadian Historical Association 2007 (Canada) and Julian Steward Award, American Anthropology Association 2006 (United States).
- Author(s)Julie Cruikshank
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication18/05/2005
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- First Published2005
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Content Note23 b&w illustrations, 10 maps
- Weight600 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Format DetailsSewn
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