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Wisdom Sits in Places

Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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This remarkable book introduces us to four unforgettable Apache people, each of whom offers a different take on the significance of places in their culture. Apache conceptions of wisdom, manners, and morals, and of their own history, are inextricably intertwined with place, and by allowing us to overhear his conversations with Apaches on these subjects, Basso expands our awareness of what place can mean to people.

Most of us use the term sense of place often and rather carelessly when we think of nature or home or literature. Our senses of place, however, come not only from our individual experiences but also from our cultures. Wisdom Sits in Places, the first sustained study of places and place - names by an anthropologist - explores place, places, and what they mean to a particular group of people, the Western Apache in Arizona. For more than 30 years, Keith Basso has been doing fieldwork among the Western Apache, and now he shares with us what he has learned of Apache place-names - where they come from and what they mean to the Apaches.

©1996 The University of New Mexico Press (P)2018 Tantor

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