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Legacies of Ethiopian Women: Revealing Heritage through an indigenous animistic ontology

Author(s): Kathryn Arthur

Year: 2016

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This paper will focus on the importance of including women’s legacies and narratives in the heritage of southern Ethiopia. In particular, women’s memories reveal the significance of life rituals associated with birth, marriage, and leadership, which served as reminders for illuminating their indigenous ontology Detsa concerning animism, fertility, and prestige. Traces of their life experiences and thoughts are tangible as visible markers on the landscape at Biare Dere, first settlements. Although these spaces and objects embody their engagement between the physical and spiritual worlds, their community action fields and boundaries are pliable, reconfiguring their traces in spatial and material realms.


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Legacies of Ethiopian Women: Revealing Heritage through an indigenous animistic ontology. Kathryn Arthur. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403631)


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AFRICA


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min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America