Time and the Highland Maya [Paperback] [] Revised Ed. Barbara Tedlock. Paperback Time and the highland Maya by Barbara Tedlock (). Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D., is the granddaughter of an Ojibwe midwife and herbalist and was trained and initiated as a shaman by the K’iche’ Maya of highland. A distinguished anthropologist–who is also an initiated shaman–reveals the long -hidden female roots of the world’s oldest form of religion.

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Tedlock, July 19, University of CaliforniaBerkeley, B.

Hobbies and other interests: Skiing, running, swimming, dance, videoing. Tufts UniversityMedord, MA, lecturer in music,assistant professor,associate professor of anthropology, ; State University of New YorkBuffalo, associate professor,professor of anthropology,distinguished professor of anthropology, —, chair of the department, associate dean of undergraduate education, Editor, with husband, Dennis E.

Tedlock Teachings from the American Earth: The Beautiful and the Dangerous: The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Associate editor, Journal of Anthropological Research, ; senior editor, Dreaming, ; associate editor, Latin American Research Review, ; editor-in-chief, American Anthropologist, Member of the editorial advisory board, Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology, and Handbook of Qualitative Research, Barbara Tedlock is an anthropologist, as well as the granddaughter of an Ojibwe midwife and herbalist.

She has written about a wide range of anthropological topics, especially about the native peoples of North and South America and shamanism. These Indians use a day Sacred Earth Calendar not only to keep track of linear time but also as a fundamental way of looking at the world within many aspects of their culture and society.


Tedlock’s book The Beautiful and the Dangerous: Encounters with the Zuni Indians presents the legends, songs, ceremonies, and folk medicines of the Zunis of western New Mexicoan agrarian, matriarchal tribe.

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The book also explores a Zuni family as they try to honor their past traditions while living in the modern era. A Publishers Weekly contributor noted that the author “powerfully portrays the tribe’s visceral and mystic nature. Tedlock’s skills as an observer and barbaga of Zuni thought and behavior are demonstrated in brilliant chapters on hunting, clowning, and ritual practice and in a superb description of Shalako.

In her The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine, Tedlock sets out to document the female influence in shamanism. Women’s shaman roles have largely been ignored by anthropologists, who, for the most part, believed that shamans were primarily males who practiced their craft in solitary rituals.

The author points out that the earliest-known shamanic burial dating back 30, years ago was the burial of a shaman woman. Tedlock also explores how anthropologists have misread data and goes on to present her case that women have, in fact, been primary players in the practice of shamanism. In addition, the author writes about her own initiation into shamanism.

Patricia Monaghan commented in Booklist that the “book should become the classic on the controversial but now indisputable question of women’s place in the shaman’s world. For example, Anna M.


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Donnelly wrote in the Library Journal that the author blends “lore … from her Ojibwe grandmother … with her own academic rigor” in presenting her case for powerful woman shamans. Women’s Review of Books barbar Serenity Young concluded that the author “has written an important, readable book that combines the argumentative intellectual reasoning of the scholar with the intuitive emotional reasoning of the shaman.

American Anthropologist, December,review of Dreaming: Anthropological and Psychological Interpretations, p. American Ethnologist, August,review of Dreaming, p.

Encounters with the Barvara Indians, p. Booklist, June 1,review of The Beautiful and the Dangerous, p. Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine, p. Donnelly, review of The Woman in the Shaman’s Body, p. Parabola, fall,”Where You Want to Be: An Interview with Dennis and Barbara Tedlock,” p. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

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