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6 Ambivalence and the Work of the Negative among the Yaka

Foreword by David Parkin Edited by Will Indiana University Press ePub

RENÉ DEVISCH

Intercorporeality and the ethic of desire and evildoing, stripped of their Western modernist thought patterns and view of the person, are among the foci of anthropological and psychoanalytical efforts1 that I have been undertaking for the last decade.2 These were led by the following research questions: How may desire, which unknowingly takes hold of interrelated subjects, make someone either compassionate or madly envious and even maleficent? How much does desire inhabit intercorporeality and inspire close family members to either intensely share life and a communal mode of inhabiting the life world or deflate and undermine the physical and communal life in the kin group? Moreover, how does desire, which is either amiable and comforting or toxic and thus fundamentally ambivalent in its insatiable search or passion, entrap the subject in the “work of the negative” (Green 1963). The meaning of this phrase is that the subject becomes engaged in the snares of “the real”—a Lacanian notion that refers to the undisclosable strangeness or destabilizing void at stake in each of us and our midst.3 Is bewitchment or ensorcellment, as disclosed in one’s dream work or unmasked by way of a divinatory oracle, thereby not a mode of overthrowing the victimized or accused subject ensnared in her wicked plot, fatal anxiety or death-drive?

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Lee Haile - “There’s Gold in Them There Hills—or, Silver at Least”

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THERE HILLS—

OR, SILVER AT LEAST by Lee Haile

I guess I was bitten by the treasure hunter’s bug early in life and it has stayed with me to this day. Luckily, though, I am too lazy to have wasted much time in pursuit of treasure. After growing up digging post holes with just a crowbar and a coffee can to get the dirt out or prying enough rocks out of the way until you had a hole, I would look into these old mine shafts that were dug into solid rock and think, man, that is way too much work!

One of the reasons I do like finding and crawling in caves is the thought of finding treasure hidden there. And to me treasure is just about anything from bones to gold. I heard a few years ago about some people who crawled in a cave over around Georgetown and found a saber-toothed tiger. Now that was a treasure.

When I was going to college in 1980 out at Sul Ross in Alpine,

Texas, I ran around some with Hiram Sibley. He told me this story one day while we were out at their ranch in the Glass Mountains.

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Chapter 10: Deadwood and Escape

Mark T. Smokov University of North Texas Press ePub

CHAPTER 10

Deadwood and Escape

The Deadwood Daily Pioneer-Times of September 30, 1897, reported the robbers’ arrival. Although Kid Curry and the Sundance Kid had given their names as Tom and Frank Jones in Billings, and also at their arraignment in Deadwood, the newspaper referred to them parenthetically as “the notorious Roberts brothers.” (If these two had been considered brothers all along by both the Hole-in-the-Wall residents and officers of the law, it could mean that Lonie Curry may not have been involved in any of the gang’s rustling activities or the bank robbery at Belle Fourche.) Walter Punteney did not long persist in giving his name as Charley Frost, eventually admitting his real identity, although the press spelled it as “Putney.” The report went on to say that all three men proclaimed innocence and insisted they didn’t know anyone named George Currie. It had been determined that Currie split from the rest of the gang at Red Lodge.1 Wyoming rancher Robert Tisdale later reported that the outlaw was seen in central Wyoming about late October.2 Nevertheless, the posse members quickly put in a claim for the promised reward of $625 each for the three bandits who had been caught.3

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1. The Impact of the Depression on Home Life, Institutions, and Organizations

Christopher Robert Reed Indiana University Press ePub

The Negro in his present strait has lost his traditional readiness either to laugh or sing through a difficulty . . . This present dilemma is incomprehensible and the voluble, laughing Negro silent and inarticulate.

THYRA EDWARDS, “CHICAGO IN THE RAIN,” 1932

Nineteen-thirty brought the first full year of the Great Depression and with it the advent of massive economic deprivation for almost every Chicagoan. Economic conditions in Chicago were quite dismal during the three years of the Depression that preceded the New Deal. Economic indicators show that deprivation was prevalent throughout the period, with a decline in both the quality of life and quantity of goods and services financially affordable for people to purchase.1 Contemporary descriptions also provide ample evidence as to the pervasiveness of the crisis. The Chicago Defender in 1930 reported an increase in the number of beggars on the streets of the South Side as unemployment grew.2 For its part, the front pages of the Chicago Tribune during the summer of 1931 reflected a concern with the possibility of revolution in the streets of Chicago.3 The conservative sheet heralded the arrival of a class upheaval brewing in the streets of Chicago with the bold headline, “Reds Riot: 3 Slain By Police.” A confrontation involving an eviction at 50th and Dearborn Streets between sheriff’s bailiffs and their police guards on the one hand, and on the other a massive crowd of over 5,000 socially aroused blacks (with some whites) resulted in the deaths of three demonstrators and injuries within the ranks of both the authorities and protestors.

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2 In Praise of the Moral Imagination

Richard Werbner Indiana University Press ePub

THE MORAL IMAGINATION encounters a powerful challenge in wisdom divination. It is at once visual, tactile, and verbal—to draw on an oral archive of archaic praise poetry and to make small things—the divinatory lots—speak with much moral significance about elusive and often ill-defined concerns. Many images are brought to bear with the poetry and the lots; the juxtapositions are sometimes paradoxical, not easily fused together. Yet there is a promise of getting wise guidance from an expert—the experienced diviner. What a diviner and his clients seek to grasp escapes ordinary knowledge—it concerns the occult in their lives, the invisible realities that are beyond sensible experience, yet vital for their well-being.

What also threatens to escape the moral imagination is a more profound synthesis, “the fusion of images,” in Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s terms (1962, 231). The difficulty, especially in divination, is “double sight.” “Double sight” is the appearance of competing images, vying for attention, in somewhat blurred vision. Instead of a fusion of images, there is an unstable tension. Trying to grasp the occult, people at a séance have a paradoxically dynamic experience of images, which seem to be in an unresolved, perhaps irreconcilable opposition. Over the course of the divination, the tension moves variably from moment to moment, until—and ideally—under the direction of the diviner as the guide for action, the way toward some resolution of the double sight is achieved.

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