First posted: 19 February 2001 Last amended: 23 September 2005
of the Mind
Journey Between the Niches
pencil poised to make his mark
sought and found begin the show
to him of Ambiguity,
and of Blessed Purity
. . .
Its Name, " the Elders always warn;
a word for it in English. It is known,
2. Results and Analysis: Daughters of Sunset, Sons of Dawn
. . .
parallel with natural lifezones
Hoot Owl abdicates his nightly throne
Eagle rises swiftly on the Sound
Opportunity is now Awake;
casts his silent shadow cool
warns of Danger on the Wind
steals away the gift of sight
Rattlesnakes depart the Sea
beyond the present human ken
. . .
protects her resources for those
whose earthly wants exceed their need
3. Implications for Future Research: Silent Sounds
. . .
seek their features in the burning sand
find the story living in the Mind
packs his trusted tools into his kit
review cultural ecologies
. . .
He drops his still sharp pencil on the ground;
. . .
Coy-o-te picks it up without a Sound.
* /tiybo/ lit. one who makes marks, i.e. a writer, common tr. "white man."
Allen C. Turner, Ph.D.
Idaho State University
Basin Anthropology Conference
This writing references the Other Side of an ethnohistorical analysis of water-related ideology conducted in the service of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Attorneys who sought validation for the Tribes' claims to the waters of the Snake River in Idaho.
During the course of the investigation, much information was disclosed and entrusted on the proviso that it not be repeated. The realm of the quasi-spiritual-mystical-mythical-ephemeral-religious-ceremonial system of beliefs constitutes this "Other Side" that most field ethnographers know or know of.
The style of exposition, ten-beat rhyming couplets, recalls the Heartbeat of the Drum.
The three major segments represent categories of a scientific report: i.e. Methods, Results, and Implications with subtitles suggesting the fieldwork components.
The first segment, subtitled "Journey Between the Niches" highlights the naive entrada and the subsequent elision from etic to emic perspectives.
The second segment, subtitled "Daughters of Sunset, Sons of Dawn" indicates a more reportorial exposition of a view not so much Of the Inside as From the Inside.
The third segment subtitled "Silent Sounds" expresses the author's personal resolution of the intrinsic and intransigent conflict between the ethnographer's dual role of Participant-Knower and Observer-Reporter, between "ethno-" and "-graphic," and between diametric theoretical orientations that had, for many, risen to the level of polemic within disciplinary Anthropology. It suggests that not only is the subject of study, ephermeral, but that its objectification is ephermal as well.
Shortly after the completion of the field work, the author retired from academic anthropology. Writing the poetic report during his first semester as a student at the University of Idaho College of Law, it was delivered to the Great Basin Anthropology Conference in Las Vegas by his (erstwhile) spouse, anthropologist Candice Corrigan. While some deemed it appropriate, another thought it a cop-out. The author thought it a more swan song.
This retrospectus was written in October 2004, nearly two decades later. The author is now a semi-retired applied legal anthropologist and attorney at law working on behalf of the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians, of California. He resides with his (esteemed) wife, artista Judy Boyd, on the shores of a mountain lake somewhere in Mexico south of the Tropic of Cancer.