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Journeys West, Journeys West, 0803225083, 0-8032-2508-3, 978-0-8032-2508-4, 9780803225084, Virginia Kerns , , Journeys West, 0803228279, 0-8032-2827-9, 978-0-8032-2827-6, 9780803228276, Virginia Kerns

Journeys West
Jane and Julian Steward and Their Guides
Virginia Kerns

hardcover
2010. 444 pp.
27 photographs, 1 map
978-0-8032-2508-4
$55.00 s
 

Journeys West traces journeys made during seven months of fieldwork in 1935 and 1936 by Julian Steward, a young anthropologist, and his wife, Jane. Virginia Kerns identifies the scores of Native elders whom they met throughout the Western desert, men and women previously known in print only by initials and thus largely invisible as primary sources of Steward’s classic ethnography. Besides humanizing Steward’s cultural informants—revealing them as distinct individuals and also as first-generation survivors of an ecological crisis caused by American settlement of their lands—Kerns shows how the elders worked with Steward. Each helped to construct an ethnographic portrait of life in a particular place in the high desert of the Great Basin. 

The elders’ memories of how they and their ancestors had lived by hunting and gathering—a sustainable way of life that endured for generations—richly illustrated what Steward termed cultural adaptation. It later became a key concept in anthropology and remains relevant today in an age of global environmental crisis.
 
Based on meticulous research, this book draws on an impressive array of evidence—from interviews and observations to census data, correspondence, and the field journals of the Stewards. Journeys West illuminates not only the elders who were Steward’s guides but also the practice of ethnographic fieldwork: a research method that is both a journey and a distinctive way of looking, listening, and learning.

Virginia Kerns is a professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary. She is the author of Scenes from the High Desert: Julian Steward’s Life and Theory and Women and the Ancestors: Black Carib Kinship and Ritual.

"This is a book easily read. It is well written, with some lovely, even poetic passages attractive to a wide readership. . . . I heartily recommend the volume to scholars interested in Steward's research methods."—Joel C. Janetski, Western Historical Quarterly

"Interweaving colonist history with ecological changes and Indian efforts to survive, Kerns provides a road-trip story—an honest Bonnie and Clyde driving and driving the West—illuminating a crucial stage in an anthropological theorist's career."—A.B. Kehoe, CHOICE

"This well-written, engaging narrative puts a "human face" on Steward's ice enthusiasm in pursuing a theory."—Richard O. Clemmer, Journal of Anthropological Research

"[Journeys West is] an excellent study of the man, his strategy, the people he encountered, and his Great Basin fieldwork."—Catherine S. Fowler, Current Anthropology

"Virginia Kerns has written an intelligent, beautifully detailed book that will appeal to anyone interested in the history of the Great Basin and the history of anthropological fieldwork. Her style is clear and meticulously researched, and I highly recommend this book."—Patricia Dean, Idaho Yesterdays

"Students and professionals alike will benefit from reading Kerns's Journeys West. It offers an opportunity to learn about the trials and tribulations of early scholars "in the field" while simultaneously reflecting on our own roles as anthropologists and historians."—Susan Hall, H-Net


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