Nage Birds: Classification and symbolism among an eastern Indonesian people

1st Edition

Gregory Forth

Routledge
Published July 9, 2013
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9780415864503 - CAT# Y152808
Series: Studies in Environmental Anthropology

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Summary

This unusual and richly-illustrated book is the story of the relationship between the Nage people of eastern Indonesia and the birds alongside which they co-exist. Based on fieldwork carried out over a period of some fifteen years, it aims for a total view of how a human community interacts with another zoological class, giving birds a chosen place in human ideas and social practice. As well as a fascinating ornithological study of Indonesian bird life, Nage Birds offers a much-needed critique of current theoretical argument on how non-Western societies categorize and evaluate different species and modes of being.

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