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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"This is a book that springs from richness. . . valuable not only for anthropologists and sociologists. . . the interested but unskilled layman will find a treasure trove as well. One thing seems certain. If this book does not become THE authority for the scholar, it will certainly never be ignored. Ortiz has done himself and his people proud. They are both worthy of the a ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 15th 1972 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1969)
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Draco3seven Crawdady
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anthropologist and cosmologist
My interest are the “objects” of reality if you will, the cultural treasures that are perceived or give order to a cosmology… its hard to define these “objects” in Western terms, since what I am searching for is very possibly outside of Western concepts… In the West these entities are generally thought to reside within the spheres of philosophical substance (substance that composes reality), consciousness, and their epistemic relationship. If looking for this type of thing... generally a good st ...more
Sara Larson
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of the Levi-Strauss philosophy, you'll love this book.

It's a straightforward account, from a member of the Tewa clan, of the organization of Tewa society into dualities. It's interesting to see how the organization permeates the members' thoughts of themselves and their personality traits.

Thought-provoking read that helps the reader examine the organization of their own society.
captain america
May 29, 2008 rated it liked it
a classic but explanations of the spiritual make (for me) for weary reading. i lived and worked in san juan pueblo (ortiz's home village)for a few years so it took on a different meaning for me.
ortiz was sort of ostracized for revealing too much of tewa culture in this book but was already to speak to "outsiders"(like me) about pueblo culture and meaning.
Aiyana
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
2 Stars for "it was ok". An interesting study about the Tewa society. A little dry and mind-numbing at times, though.
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