Storytracking: Texts, Stories, and Histories in Central Australia Sam D. Gill

ISBN: 9780195115871

Published: February 12th 1998

Hardcover

304 pages


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Storytracking: Texts, Stories, and Histories in Central Australia  by  Sam D. Gill

Storytracking: Texts, Stories, and Histories in Central Australia by Sam D. Gill
February 12th 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 304 pages | ISBN: 9780195115871 | 8.71 Mb

This innovative work takes a narrative technique (known as storytracking) practiced by Australian aboriginal peoples and applies it to the academic study of their culture. Gills purpose is to get as close as possible to the perceptions and beliefsMoreThis innovative work takes a narrative technique (known as storytracking) practiced by Australian aboriginal peoples and applies it to the academic study of their culture.

Gills purpose is to get as close as possible to the perceptions and beliefs of these indigenous peoples by stripping away the layers of European interpretation and construction. His technique involves comparing the versions of aboriginal texts presented in academic reports with the text versions as they appear in each reports cited sources. The comparison helps reveal the extent to which the text is transformed through its presentation. Gill follows the chain of citations along, uncovering the story, or as he calls it the storytrack, that interconnects scholar with scholar-independent subject.

The storytrack reveals the various academic operations--translations, editing, conflation, interpretation--that serve to build a bridge connecting subject and scholarly report.Gill begins by examining Mircea Eliades influential analysis of an Australian myth, Numbakulla and the Sacred Pole. He goes back to the field notes of the anthropologists who originally collected the story and by following the trail of publications, revisions, and retellings of this tale is able to show that Eliades version bears almost no relation to the original and that the interpretations Eliade built around it is thus entirely a European construct, motivated largely by preconceptions about the nature of religion.

By applying this method to other received texts of aboriginal religion, Gill is able to bring us closer than ever before to the worldview of this vanishing culture. At the same time, his work constitutes an important statement on and critique of the academic study of religion as it has traditionally been practiced.



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