Bruce Knauft’s ethnographic narrative
Bruce Knauft’s ethnographic narrative of the Gebusi tells the story of a complex indigenous culture and community. His long-term study effectively models the anthropological perspectives and field note methods available when working to understand the many facets of any culture or community.
“For your Field Notes this week, you will continue to explore your own indigenous identity in preparation for your own Ethnographic Narrative.
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To prepare for this assignment:
• Review the Learning Resources for this week and refer to the course text, Thinking Like an Anthropologist, on pages 71–7 2. Also recall the way that the familiar is made strange in the article, “Body Ritual of the Nacerima.”
• From the following list, choose two elements of culture evident in your own indigenous identity: rituals, celebrations (e.g. birthdays, holidays, etc.), gender roles, social structure.
• The Two notes I have chosen are Gender roles and birthdays of an ethnic culture.
• Examine these two cultural elements using the fieldwork methods of your choosing. Note: Please do not use an interview for this assignment. Week 4′s Field Notes are devoted exclusively to an interview.
• Reflect on how the examination of these two elements helps you to discover aspects of your own indigenous identity.
• Compose a 2- to 3-page paper in which you do the following:
o Using fieldwork methods that you find appropriate, examine your two chosen elements of culture.
? Be sure to provide a description or narrative of each cultural element in your examination from the viewpoint of an anthropologist.
? Describe to what extent you discovered new components of your own indigenous identity when examining elements of your culture in this way.
Submit your assignment by Day 7. In order to receive full credit, all assignments are due on time. Should you encounter an unanticipated and uncontrollable life event that may prevent you from meeting an assignment deadline, contact the Instructor immediately to request an extension. Your Instructor’s contact information is in the Instructor area. For a full description of the late policy, please refer to the “Policies on Late Assignments” section of your Syllabus.
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