Ways of Knowing: Experience, Knowledge, and Power among the Dene Tha

By Jean-Guy A. Goulet | Go to book overview

1. Stories from the Field

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Twice you have made us happy, can't you make us happy a third time? -- Dene Tha Elder

"The authenticity of ethnographic knowledge," writes Michael Jackson ( 1995, 163), "depends on the ethnographer recounting in detail the events and encounters that were the grounds on which the very possibility of this knowledge rests." One can never tell all that has occurred in the field, however, but must necessarily select what events and encounters to narrate. Moreover, the telling of the account is always from the perspective of the ethnographer, who highlights certain features of incidents and draws out their implications for the research. The seven stories from the field included in this chapter are such a selection. They show how the Dene epistemological position that learning ought to occur primarily through personal experience led me to an experiential investigation of Dene Tha social realities, including what Euro-North Americans would consider their religion.

These stories demonstrate that "radical participation in other people's lives generates not only 'observations' but also conceptualizations and insights that are clearly a joint creation of the anthropologist and his/her local partners in interaction" ( Barth 1992, 65). These stories also provide insights into the process of fieldwork and teach "about not only the experiences of an author living in a foreign setting but the mutual interaction between author and the host community, illuminating the Other as much as the self" ( Gottlieb 1995, 571.). This being the case, the us/them dichotomy that separates the observer from the observed in classical ethnographies gives way to more reflexive perspectives characteristic of narrative anthropology. Such perspectives are consistent with Dene views on epistemology--the nature of knowledge, its acquisition, and its transmission.

Stories from the field emphasize the importance of nonverbal communication over discourse as the starting point for the journey to anthropological knowledge ( Hastrup and Hervik 1994, 6). "Language events" ( Clifford 1988, 41) or "dialogue" ( B. Tedlock

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • 1. Stories from the Field 1
  • 2. True Knowledge and True Responsibility 27
  • 3. Powerful Beings and Being Powerful 60
  • 4. Powers to Heal, Powers to Respect 88
  • 5. Visions of Conflict, Conflicts of Vision 109
  • 6. Journeys of the Soul 142
  • 7. Searching for a Womb 167
  • 8. When the Drum and the Rosary Meet 193
  • 9. Dancing Your Way to Heaven 223
  • 10. An Experiential Approach to Knowledge 246
  • Notes 261
  • References 287
  • Index 329
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