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The Resource Why the porcupine is not a bird : explorations in the folk zoology of an eastern Indonesian people, Gregory Forth, (electronic resource)

Why the porcupine is not a bird : explorations in the folk zoology of an eastern Indonesian people, Gregory Forth, (electronic resource)

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Why the porcupine is not a bird : explorations in the folk zoology of an eastern Indonesian people
Title
Why the porcupine is not a bird
Title remainder
explorations in the folk zoology of an eastern Indonesian people
Statement of responsibility
Gregory Forth
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Why the Porcupine Is Not a Bird is a comprehensive analysis of knowledge of animals among the Nage people of central Flores in Indonesia. Gregory Forth sheds light on the ongoing anthropological debate surrounding the categorization of animals in small-scale non-Western societies."--
  • "Forth's detailed discussion of how the Nage people conceptualize their relationship to the animal world covers the naming and classification of animals, their symbolic and practical use, and the ecology of central Flores and its change over the years. His study reveals the empirical basis of Nage classifications, which align surprisingly well with the taxonomies of modern biologists. It also shows how the Nage employ systems of symbolic and utilitarian classification distinct from their general taxonomy. A tremendous source of ethnographic detail, Why the Porcupine Is Not a Bird is an important contribution to the fields of ethnobiology and cognitive anthropology."--
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Forth, Gregory
Dewey number
590.89/995
LC call number
GN476.76
LC item number
.F67 2016
Series statement
Anthropological horizons
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  • Nage (Indonesian people)
  • Ethnozoology
  • Nage (Peuple d'Indonésie)
  • Ethnozoology
Label
Why the porcupine is not a bird : explorations in the folk zoology of an eastern Indonesian people, Gregory Forth, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-362) and index
Contents
Introduction -- Investigating folk knowledge : a methodological prospectus -- Animals, humans, and other mammals -- Animals of the village : domestic and partly domestic mammals -- The giant rat of Flores and other never domesticated mammals -- Symbolic and utilitarian dimensions of mammal categories : varieties of special-purpose classification -- Birds, or "Creatures that fly high in the sky" -- Snakes : the life-form Nipa -- Neither fish nor fowl : a non-mammalian miscellany -- Things with tails but without backbones : invertebrates in Nage folk zoology -- What's in an animal name : comparative observations on animal nomenclature, classification, and symbolism -- When birds turn into mammals and mammals into fish : Nage "beliefs" about animal transformation -- Animal mysteries and disappearing animals -- Concluding remarks
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001696692
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9781487500047
Lccn
2016301849
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001696692
Label
Why the porcupine is not a bird : explorations in the folk zoology of an eastern Indonesian people, Gregory Forth, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-362) and index
Contents
Introduction -- Investigating folk knowledge : a methodological prospectus -- Animals, humans, and other mammals -- Animals of the village : domestic and partly domestic mammals -- The giant rat of Flores and other never domesticated mammals -- Symbolic and utilitarian dimensions of mammal categories : varieties of special-purpose classification -- Birds, or "Creatures that fly high in the sky" -- Snakes : the life-form Nipa -- Neither fish nor fowl : a non-mammalian miscellany -- Things with tails but without backbones : invertebrates in Nage folk zoology -- What's in an animal name : comparative observations on animal nomenclature, classification, and symbolism -- When birds turn into mammals and mammals into fish : Nage "beliefs" about animal transformation -- Animal mysteries and disappearing animals -- Concluding remarks
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001696692
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9781487500047
Lccn
2016301849
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001696692

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