Who Needs the Past?: Indigenous Values and Archaeology

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Psychology Press, 1994 - History - 215 pages
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The book offers a challenge to the notion that archaeologists and academic historians have privileged access to the remains of the past and their interpretation. It aims to provide first-hand evidence of the interest which non-western, non-academic communities have in the past, with contributions from India, Africa, Canada, South America and Australia.
 

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Contents

influences of home media
21
The past in the public eye
33
The influence of the home community and culture
41
Hadzabe perceptions of their past
51
An 11th century literary reference to prehistoric times in India
57
Understanding Yolngu signs of the past Nancy M Williams
70
Yolngu concepts of recent past
76
Acknowledgement
82
Classical Greek attitudes to the past Brian Sparkes
119
a synchronism between Puranic
150
Australian Aboriginal performances
162
Notes
168
Aboriginal perceptions of the past and social explanation
176
The political system
182
References
188
References
194

Rebuilding the chronology
89
the Otavalos
95
Oral tradition and the African past Patrick MbunweSamba
105
The way forward
201
Index
207
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ROBERT LAYTON is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Durham.

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