“Preparing for a Sing Sing”
Midterm, ANT204, Fall, UTM, Clark
Listen to the Kaluli, while you study?
Image: preparing for a sing-sing festival, Kaluli men, Bosavi region, Papua New Guinea, date
1.)Reciprocity is a key to Kaluli culture. For Schieffelin it is
a master motif, a homology that runs through all things
Kaluli. Life is forged in gifts and obligations, things given
and things owed.
a.) What is a homology?
ant204 schieffelin guide, midterm, fall 2011 1 Idea that different cultural symbols are reflected and
stemmed in aothers cultural symbols. And that every
little aspect of that has everylittle aspect of this play a
major role in who you are today
b.) Explain Kaluli views of reciprocity in terms of
kinship, death, crime, and spirits.
Gizzar (honours dead ) o is a for of reciprocity.
2.)(Cha. 2) How do the Kaluli make (or produce) the place
they live in? Be sure to consider place names and
locality/identity in your answer.
Name based on features and activates that took place in that
3.) (Cha. 2) Whow does longhosue architecture make ligble
and reify certain ‘truths’ about gender and kinship
among the Kaluli?
Possible things to consider: public/private,
Segregation of sex and age – areas are “allowed” acess to
certain features. “Truth” about gender and kinship are reified by
the space this kin shares compaired to non kin special
arangements. Spaces in house reify ideas about gender and
what is help privte/public
4.)(Cha. 3) Food is an arbitrary symbol. And yet it may play
key roles in the forging of social relations and culture.
Explain the ways with which Kaluli use food to talk about
–and reify—their culture and themselves.
Communicates affection, fail to not offer food to guest then you saying
that they are not welcome.Eg. the belief that women menstruating is
unpured is raifyed by saying that she is so unpure that if she was to
use the nets and hunt/gather finding and gathering food would be
continamitated or scarce.
5.)(p.46) My favorite quote in the book: “having eaten sago,
I was established as a fellow creature.” Explain the
significance of this quote.
Legibility, seen readable as he is now associated with signs and
symbols recognized by that culture. - Kauli
ant204 schieffelin guide, midterm, fall 2011 2 6.)Compare this quote (p. 46, sago) to the film “First
Contact” in which the highlanders wondered if these
pales skinned, straongely dressed creastres were human.
Mention the discovery that they too defecated or that
they had penises, as evidence that these pale things
really were “men.”
Some legible signs
7.)Were these “Whites” really “men”? Briefly argue that
though legible as “men,” they were indeed a different
sort of creature. (The task here is not to jdge one group
or the other, but to see the processes of making one
Legible through similar things but made different though there
lack of knowledge about the different culture.
8.)(pp. 47, 149) For that Kaluli, food sharing is a language
of emotions. Explain.
Food is a way of showing how ones feel. Food is a way materializing
their emotions. In love Eg. Giving of salt from a man to a woman
signifies that he likes her.