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Papago Woman

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A valued classic by a foremost female anthropologist! Underhill's fine ethnographic work gives us at least a glimpse into a time that will not come again, yet a time that will forever shape the future. Her approach is reverential, without being too sentimental. The study of culture is enriched by Underhill's writings, and the life history presented in Papago Woman stands c ...more
Paperback, 98 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Waveland Press
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Apr 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: anth-hist-ethno
Easy read, but full of biases. As an educational tool can be used to explain ritual. It's the story of a Todo'onham woman (no longer Papago), who shares her native philosophy and how it has influenced her life experiences. This book is an early example of ethnographic work in the Anthropology field...Although Underhill is the author of this book, she doesn't write from a native perspective, she writes from a western perspective. Therefore, the 'meat' of her experience is lost...
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most captivating ethnographic pieces I've ever read. It is a fine example of a life-history ethnography, and reads like the best love story and adventure. Underhill makes a point of detailing her editorial hand in the publication to tell a story that makes sense to a non-native reader. I have read this book at least ten times, and I assign it to my anthropology students to read as well.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Decent insight into the lives of the Papago people before European influences.
Bill Tillman
Many do not understand RMU, but she is dedicated to bring authentic information to light.
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Ruth Murray Underhill was an American anthropologist. She was born in Ossining-on-the-Hudson, New York, and attended Vassar College, graduating in 1905 with a degree in Language and Literature. In 1907, she graduated from the London School of Economics and began travelling throughout Europe. During World War I, she worked for an Italian Orphanage run by the Red Cross. After the war, she married Ch ...more
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