"Healing/Bleeding. Kroeber, Ishi and the Legacies of Salvage Anthropology"

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James Clifford
Date and Time: 
Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:00pm

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


This talk is extracted from a much longer essay, "Ishi's Story," that traces the recent re-openings of the settler-colonial narrative of indigenous death embodied in the experience of California's famous "last wild Indian." The figure of A. L. Kroeber, inseparable from that of Ishi, has come to stand for the ambivalent relations of anthropology with colonialism. The talk discusses Kroeber, his disputed legacy in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology, and the significance of salvage collecting in a period of Native Californian resurgence.


James Clifford taught in UCSC’s History of Consciousness Department for 33 years and was founding director of the Center for Cultural Studies. He is best known for his historical and literary critiques of anthropological practice, travel literature, and a variety of cultural performances. He is currently completing a book about indigenous cultural politics that he has been researching for nearly a decade. The book examines what it means to be "rooted" in a world where everything seems to be in motion.

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