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America’s Native Prisoners of War: photographic documentary

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/aaron_huey.html Since becoming interested in the plight of Aboriginal Australians forced into reservations in a country they once owned, I have frequently drawn comparisons with the Native Americans in the US. Drawing ethnographic comparisons between nations, although their histories may have developed in different places and on different timescales, helps us see where we went … Continue reading

Ethnographic fiction and reality: Geisha Girl

Recently I have been thinking a lot about ethnographic fiction. The above documentary I watched for the first time shortly after reading Arthur Golden’s beloved fictionalised account of life as a Geisha in Kyoto in the early 1900s, Memoirs of a Geisha. I didn’t realise until halfway through the book that the account was fictional. … Continue reading