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Brushed by Cedar, Living by the River: Coast Salish Figures of Power [Hardcover]

Crisca Bierwert

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March 1 1999
A brilliant, experimental ethnography, Brushed by Cedar is destined to change the way anthropologists write about the people they befriend. Crisca Bierwert has created a fresh poststructural ethnography that offers new insights into Coast Salish cultures. Arguing against the existence of a master narrative, she presents her understanding of these Native American peoples of Washington state and British Columbia, Canada, through poetic bricolage, offering the reader a pastiche of rich cultural images. Bierwert employs postmodern literary and social analyses to examine many aspects of Salish culture: legends and their storytellers; domestic violence; longhouse ceremonies; the importance and power of place; and disputes over fishing rights. Her reflections overlap as a dialogue would, weaving throughout the book significant threads of Salish knowledge and creating a nonauthoritative text that nonetheless speaks knowingly. This book represents the future of contemporary anthropology. Unlike traditional ethnography, it makes no attempt to portray a complete picture of the Coast Salish. Instead, Bierwert utilizes a critical and diffuse approach that defies colonial, syncretic, and hegemonic structures and applies advanced literary theory to the creation of ethnography. Brushed by Cedar is an important guideline for anyone who writes about other cultures and will be expecially useful to classes in the methodology and history of ethnography, as well as to scholars specializing in Native American studies or oral literatures.

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  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (March 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816519196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816519194
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Crisca Bierwert is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She is also the author of Lutshootseed Texts: An Introduction to Puget Salish Narrative Aesthetics

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2.0 out of 5 stars Brushed by Cedar Living by the River: Coast Salish Figures of Power March 14 2012
By Lorraine - Published on Amazon.com
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I probably studied at the U of Washington with this author. I also know some of the people she interviewed and go with whom she got her information. I am Coast Salish Native American and at a very early age we were taught not to talk about most of the subjects she brings out in her book. Not that it wrong, but that it could easily by misunderstood and/or misinterpreted. My view is that the author just took advantage of the people and published for whatever reason.

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