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- DescriptionElliot Fratkin shares the story of his early anthropological fieldwork in Kenya in the 1970s. Using his fieldtes and letters home to bring to life the voices of those he met, Fratkin invites the reader to experience his cross-cultural friendships with the enigmatic laibon (a diviner and healer of the Samburu and Maasai peoples) Lonyoki, his family, and the people of the madic community of Lukumai. Fratkin participated in the daily lives of the Ariaal livestock herders and accompanied the laibon as he performed divination and healing rituals throughout Marsabit and Samburu Districts. After Fratkin reunited Lonyoki with his son and wife, Lonyoki adopted Fratkin into his family, and Fratkin continues his close friendship with Lonyoki's son Lembalen today. Black-and-white photographs, a guide to the characters, words, and places, and a list of suggested readings supplement the engaging narrative. Laibon is more than a memoir; it delves into nitty-gritty details of fieldwork, speaks to larger questions about ethgraphic research, and provides unparalleled insight into the world of the laibon.
- Author BiographyElliot Fratkin is professor of anthropology at Smith College.
- Author(s)Elliot M. Fratkin
- PublisherAltaMira Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication29/09/2011
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationCalifornia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAltaMira Press,U.S.
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight335 g
- Width154 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine12 mm
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