• Saamaka Dreaming

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    Pages: 272
    Illustrations: 43 illustrations
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  • Preface  ix
    1. Testing the Waters  1
    2. On Trial  13
    3. A Feast for the Ancestors  28
    4. Going "Outside"  34
    5. On Nai's Doorstep  40
    6. Under Kala's House  51
    7. The Sika  58
    8. What Month It It?  62
    9. The Captain's "Granddaughter"  71
    10. Upriver  74
    11. At the Ancestor Shrine  86
    12. The Cock's Balls  100
    13. Nai's Rivergod  103
    14. Agbago's Seagod  108
    15. Kala's Snakegod  114
    16. A Touch of Madness  123
    17. Playing for the Gods  132
    18. A Tree Falls  139
    19. Sickness  144
    20. Death of a Witch  155
    21. Chasing Ghosts  173
    22. Death of a Child  179
    23. Returns  190
    24. Foto  202
    25. Looking at Paper  205
    26. The End of an Era  215
    Notes  231
    Bibliography  243
    Index  247
  • "Beautifully written, this book presents a satisfying commentary on the anthropological enterprise, to be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers. Essential. All public and academic levels/libraries."


  • "Beautifully written, this book presents a satisfying commentary on the anthropological enterprise, to be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers. Essential. All public and academic levels/libraries."

  • “Richard and Sally Price’s elegiac account of their time living among the Saamakas of Suriname in the 1960s is wholly engrossing, and of the very highest narrative quality. I can see, smell, and feel everything they describe. The Prices have never been fresher or more readable as literature.” — George E. Marcus, coauthor of, Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary

    “With their keen attunements, customary honesty, ethnographic verve, spare poetics, and dashes of hubris and humor, Richard and Sally Price offer an extraordinary meditation on life, anthropology, and their encounter with the Saamakas. Saamaka Dreaming is a compelling text that astounds in its richness.” — John Collins, author of, Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy

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  • Description

    When Richard and Sally Price stepped out of the canoe to begin their fieldwork with the Saamaka Maroons of Suriname in 1966, they were met with a mixture of curiosity, suspicion, ambivalence, hostility, and fascination. With their gradual acceptance into the community they undertook the work that would shape their careers and influence the study of African American societies throughout the hemisphere for decades to come. In Saamaka Dreaming they look back on the experience, reflecting on a discipline and a society that are considerably different today. Drawing on thousands of pages of field notes, as well as recordings, file cards, photos, and sketches, the Prices retell and comment on the most intensive fieldwork of their careers, evoke the joys and hardships of building relationships and trust, and outline their personal adaptation to this unfamiliar universe. The book is at once a moving human story, a portrait of a remarkable society, and a thought-provoking revelation about the development of anthropology over the past half-century.

    About The Author(s)

    Richard Price taught for many years at Yale University and Johns Hopkins University and is Professor Emeritus at the College of William and Mary. His numerous prize-winning books include Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination and Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial.

    Sally Price has taught in the United States, France, and Brazil and is Professor Emerita at the College of William and Mary. Her studies of the place of “primitive art” in the imaginary of Western viewers include Primitive Art in Civilized Places and Paris Primitive: Jacques Chirac’s Museum on the Quai Branly. The Prices have coauthored many books, including Romare Bearden: The Caribbean Dimension.
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