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By Carol L. Howell

Omer Stewart is such a lot famous for his career-long examine of the Peyote faith. His mentor, A.L. Kroeber, instilled in him an abiding appreciate for cultural edition. utilizing this primary precept to his paintings within the Nineteen Thirties, Omer was once stunned to discover himself at odds with many impressive colleagues. With attribute self-confidence, he used to be undeterred in his attempt to record the faith, protect its perform, and push open the door to utilized anthropology.

In Cannibalism Is an received Taste, Carol L. Howell weaves jointly taped interviews with Stewart; excerpts from his letters, notes, and papers; and memories of relations and others. the result's a desirable cartoon not just of Omer Stewart as somebody but in addition of his contributions to the sphere of anthropology and the educational and social milieu during which he participated. A needs to for anthropologists and someone drawn to the paintings of biography.

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After his mission, he returned to college where he had occasion to test the dogma of Mormonism against accumulating scientific knowledge. " This significant event no doubt fueled his subsequent interest in understanding why it is a people accept or reject a particular religion. I had the good fortune to attend his lecture on the peyote religion in 1989 and found myself in awe of the vitality of his delivery, and the enthusiasm with which he punctuated his discourse with a lively demonstration of songs, drums, whistle, and rattle.

All six of us kids had been expected to assume responsibility early. As painful as it was, I value the self-reliance such experiences instill. The Page 11 maturing sense of accomplishment seemed to bring with it the idea that I could take on most anythingbut I knew it wouldn't be surveying, and I had my doubts about ranching. One summer we had bought a couple of little pigs with the intention of raising them on the excess cow's milk. Shortly after we had gotten them to the ranch, they disappeared in the scrub-oak brush and we never could find them.

Long ago, anthropologists caught that glimpse when they looked at others; I would like to see us turn now to viewing ourselves in this way. , as something interesting out there that we should know more about but that is clearly not us. This distancing perspective means that we have viewed ourselves quite differently from the way we have viewed others. But we have another option, one that as far as I can tell has never been given much of a chance, and that is to view ourselves and others as in nature and culture, and as subject to the ebb and flow of cause and effect as every other material system.

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