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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANT204H5
Professor
Dylan Clark
Semester
Fall

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- World war 1 story from the prof’s grandfather: on Christmas day, the soldiers get a day off and American and German soldiers hang out together and mingle and realize that they’re generally the same type of people, young man who under this political circumstance has to kill each other on other days - Pretend to shoot each other, live and let live moment, where they pretend to have a war, agreement to miss each other - Kaluli singing while making sago; has to beat the sago; using the bird as an instrument and synchronizing their music with the forest; merge and blend into the forest, consider themselves part of the forest, does not consider themselves separate from the forest, incorporation; they like to be out of sync with the forest and with each other, it reflects that they’re individuals and not be submerged into identical to the group, they’re a stateless society, a true egalitarian society; their music reflects this - Ch.6 in the Kaluli, semen and how they deal with menstrual fluid; help make the body knowable and know the feelings and gender; also think about the pollutedness of female fluid and the potency of male fluid and how it’s wasted makes you less of a man; at the bottom of 121 and top of 122, men are really intense naturalists, while women do not possess such knowledge and usually spend their time in long houses, sago camps; thus women seem ignorant than man and men becomes the Kaluliness men are potent and women are pollutants; exclusion proves its own necessity; disqualified from knowledge because they’re ignorant and because they’re ignorant they are excluded; each one proves the other - Video: seasame street: mother animals; the whole thing is a naturalization of how they see themselves in the animals; projecting human social systems onto animals - Video: For most mothers, it’s just what they do, an instinct so deeply wired into them but often all they know is to love and care for life; “mother instinct” in other animals and the reassurance of why - How do you understand what is male and what you already know is male, you build on knowledge from existing knowledge, you never know anything without knowing something before, that’s what homology are - When you’re a little child, you learn about kinships so therefore those knowledge are more deeply ingrained in you, making it knowable; - Comprehending nature as if it’s existed before us, we act as if nature was there all along, even though we ourselves make up nature and act it out and then pretend we didn’t make it up; telling us of the naturalness of nature, whatever you want to find it nature, you’ll find it - A little girl claiming mommy bear and baby bear on TV, and claiming that she didn’t make it up but it already existed in “nature” - Natural, biological a
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