Transformational journeys : an ethnologist's memoir / Victoria R. Bricker.

Author
Bricker, Victoria Reifler, 1940- [Browse]
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Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Philadelphia, PA : American Philosophical Society Press, 2017.
Description
xi, 328 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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This is the professional memoir of an ethnologist, who studies the cultures and languages of ethnic groups, in the present and in the past. Victoria R. Bricker's journeys -- from Hong Kong to Shanghai during World War II, to the U.S. after the war, to Germany, Harvard, southeastern Mexico, and eventually to New Orleans -- influenced her choice of ethnology as a career and shaped that career over 50 years. Ethnology served as the stepping stone for intellectual forays into other related fields, such as linguistics, ethnohistory, epigraphy, and astronomy, all focused on the Maya people of southern Mexico and Central America.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Hong kong: where it all began
  • Shanghai: life under Japanese occupation
  • Seattle: becoming an American
  • Stanford and Germany: my first encounter with anthropology
  • Harvard and France: becoming an ethnologist
  • Chiapas: exploring Maya humor
  • Tulane: seeking the antecedents of Maya myth and ritual
  • Elut: teaching and preserving the Maya language
  • Yucatan: relating the Maya present to its past
  • Colonial documents: the past speaks in Maya
  • Moving back in time: reading Maya hieroglyphs
  • Historical astronomy: Maya records of the sky
  • Katrina: aftermath of a disaster
  • Retirement: no, it was not the end of the world
  • Looking back.
ISBN
  • 9781606180655 ((alk. paper))
  • 1606180657 ((alk. paper))
LCCN
2017008925
OCLC
975176316
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