Wisdom sits in places : landscape and language among the western apache responsibility: keith h basso edition: 1st ed imprint: albuquerque : university of new mexico press, c1996 physical description: xviii, 171 p : ill 24 cm. Wisdom sits in places is the name of a remarkable little book of linguistic ethnography about landscape and language among the western apache written by rancher and professor keith h basso, who had spent decades working with this group of apache before composing this opus, the book is easy to. Place is the context within which the great majority of our thoughts occur we are spatial, and spaces inevitably become meaningful to the human mind in “ wisdom sits in places,” ethnographer keith h basso hones in on the western apache experience of geography, exploring the complex structures of. 116 keith h basso wisdom sits in places 1 17 no, only that the widow of a man named blister boy once planted ' then one of the girls climbed into the branches of a big corn nearby had i never heard the stories about old man owl, the v cottonwood tree that was growing there the other girl went one called miih hastiin. Basso, keith h, and selby, henry a (1976) portraits of 'the whiteman': linguistic play and cultural symbols among the western apache (1979) western apache language and culture: essays in linguistic anthropology (1992) wisdom sits in places: landscape and language among the western apache (1996) senses.
3 quotes from wisdom sits in places: landscape and language among the western apache: 'knowledge of places is closely linked to knowledge of the self, to. In his book “wisdom sits in places” keith h basso writes: “what do people make of places the question is as old as people and places themselves, as old as human attachments to portions of the earth  places, we realize, are as much a part of us as we are part of them”1 james ponders this idea in her work. This was basso's special gift, and it is evident in all of his work basso's publications influenced scholars far beyond the field of american indian studies perhaps his most acclaimed work, wisdom sits in places: landscape and language among the western apache (1996) was awarded the victor turner. This is one reason why anthropologist keith basso (1996) assures us that “ wisdom sits in places” in 1836, emerson declared “every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact” harvard divinity school's foremost talmudic scholar, jon levenson, makes a similar observation: “geography is simply a visible form of theology.
Wisdom sits in places landscape and language among the western apache keith h basso this book has won the 1996 western states book award for creative i also learned to cowboy unavoidably though not so much as to be wildly embar page xv rassed and when the essay on joking was done i began to look. Led to a proposal for another sar advanced seminar, con- vened with steven feld in 1993 and published as senses of place(feld and basso 1996) keith's contribution to the sem- inar and book was the early version of his essay “ wisdom sits in places” (1996a) that year also saw publication of the. “primary subject” of a distinctive northwest literature: the relationship between people and place bill siverly & michael mcdowell articles and books referred to in this essay basso, keith “stalking with stories” wisdom sits in places: landscape and language among the western apache albuquerque: university of new.
10 for in-depth explorations of the connections between landscapes, people and their oral traditions, see, for example, keith basso, wisdom sits in places ( albuquerque: university of new mexico press, 1996) and julie cruikshank, do glaciers listen local knowledge, colonial encounters and social imagination. Continuing on with my series of 'mythlines' columns from earthlines magazine, here is my offering from issue 15, in july 2016 one of my favourite books on place-making, keith basso's wisdom sits in places (1) emerged from his anthropological studies of the western apache people of north america. Bury my heart at wounded knee by dee brown wisdom sits in places by keith h basso trail of tears by john ehle putting people first by michael m cernea basso notes in his introduction that some of the essays overlap in their content, and that is true in some ways--the further you get into the book, the more perhaps.