Tseng 2000.2.11 12:20 5996 Ethnohistory / 47:1 / sheet 260 of 281 Book Reviews the faith that more understanding will eventually come, just as listeners in traditional speech communities must put together pieces of discourse that are not necessarily given in a linear fashion. Even those accustomed to such modes in speech may be uncomfortable with them in a written work, and some readers may be either frustrated or bored. The story could be told in a linear way that is more familiar to Western eyes, but much of its subtleties would be lost. The form of storytelling reï¬ects the primary context of the story being told. Although many recent scholarly eï¬orts in this direction, driven by interests in reï¬exivity and literary expression, read like the contrived exercises they generally are, this book does not. The authorsâ personal experiences in native communitiesâeven though Robin Ridington is best known for his work in a completely diï¬erent cultural settingâ enable them to tell this story in a mode that seems quite âânaturalââ for its expression. The work makes certain demands on the reader but rewards them with a discourse as text that conveys a deeper sense of meaning. The book
Ethnohistory – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2000
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