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Author Poirier, Sylvie, 1953-
Title A world of relationships : itineraries, dreams, and events in the Australian Western Desert / Sylvie Poirier.
Imprint Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2005]

Author Poirier, Sylvie, 1953-
Series Anthropological horizons ; 28
Anthropological horizons ; 28.
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Western Desert (W.A.) -- Social life and customs.
Mythology, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Western Desert (W.A.)
Dreamtime (Aboriginal Australian mythology) -- Australia -- Western Desert (W.A.)
Dreams -- Australia -- Western Desert (W.A.)
Ethnology -- Australia -- Western Desert (W.A.)
Western Desert (W.A.) -- Social life and customs.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 303 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-289) and index.
Contents ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""1 A Place like Balgo: A Story of Accommodation, Resistance, and Misunderstandings""; ""2 Ancestrality, Sentient Places, and Social Spaces""; ""3 Sociality, Mobility, and Composite Identity""; ""4 Ways of Being, Relating, and Knowing""; ""5 The Social Setting of Dreams and Dreaming""; ""6 Ritual Vitality and Mobility""; ""Conclusion: Ancestrality, Imaginary, and Historicity""; ""Notes""; ""References""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""
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Summary "A World of Relationships is an ethnographical account of the cultural use and social potential of dreams among Aboriginal groups of the Australian Western Desert. The outcome of fieldwork conducted in the area in the 1980s and 1990s, it was originally published in French as Les jardins du nomade: Cosmologie, territoire et personne dans le desert occidental australien." "In her study, Sylvie Poirier explores the contemporary Aboriginal system of knowledge and law through an analysis of the relationships between the ancestral order, the 'sentient' land, and human agencies. At the ethnographical and analytical levels, particular attention is given to a range of local narratives and stories, and to the cultural construction of individual experiences."--Jacket.
ISBN 9781442670556 (electronic bk.)
144267055X (electronic bk.)
0802035442 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
0802084141 (pbk.)
OCLC # 666907521
Additional Format Print version: Poirier, Sylvie, 1953- World of relationships. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2005 9780802035448 (DLC) 2005278774 (OCoLC)56371151

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