|[a] Familiar...sort of RF|
|[b] Vaguely familiar RF|
The two fieldnotes that follow here show something that was beginning to bother me a great deal. The melancholy of familiarity weighed heavily upon me, and I couldn't shake a kind of wistfulness about my work. It is appropriate that I end the 1985 entries from my fieldnotes with these observations, because I was beginning to wonder what it really was that anthropologists do "today." It wasn't until a few weeks later that the "answer" began to gel for me, and I started to develop a deeper idea of what fieldwork would mean in my life. The bare hints of an "answer" can be found in these two notes, though (#26 and #27).
—Valhalla. I'm Norwegian, so go figure.
—Bronislaw Malinowski and E.E. Evans-Pritchard were iconic early anthropologists. They despised each other, so it is curious that I uttered them in the same breath. If you are not a student of anthropology, these links are for you. If you are studying anthropology, you'd better read them...now.
25 December 1985
This fieldnote is part of a longer "thought" that is broken into another note. Click below for the other note.
|[c] Spark RF|