Land is embedded in a multitude of material and cultural contexts, through which the human experience of landscape emerges. Ethnographers, with their participative methodologies, long-term co-residence, and concern with the quotidian aspects of the places where they work, are well positioned to describe landscapes in this fullest of senses. The contributors explore how landscapes become known primarily through movement and journeying rather than stasis. Working across four continents, they explain how landscapes are constituted and recollected in the stories people tell of their journeys through them, and how, in turn, these stories are embedded in landscaped forms.
Arnar Arnason is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. His work has mainly focused on death and the politics of grief, and he has carried out fieldwork on that topic in the UK, Iceland, and Japan. Jo Vergunst is Lecturer in Social Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests are in the perception of landscape and rural social change, and he has carried out fieldwork in northeast Scotland and Greenland. Andrew Whitehouse is a Teaching Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has conducted research in various parts of Britain and elsewhere on conservation issues and human - animal relations, with a particular focus on relations with birds through sound. Nicolas Ellison is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Toulouse). His research interests are in ecology and indigeneity; his main fieldwork among the Totonac of Mexico focuses on the reception of "sustainable development" and landscape aesthetics in the context of both commercial and subsistence crops.
List of figures Notes on contributors Preface Introduction Arnar Arnason, Nicolas Ellison, Jo Vergunst and Andrew Whitehouse Chapter 1. Walking the past in the present Christopher Tilley Chapter 2. 'A painter's eye is just a way of looking at the world': botanic artist Roger Banks Griet Scheldeman Chapter 3. Encountering glaciers: Two centuries of stories from the Saint Elias Mountains, Northwestern North America Julie Cruikshank Chapter 4. Fences, pathways, and a peripatetic sense of community: kinship and residence amongst the Nivacle of the Paraguayan Chaco Suzanne Grant Chapter 5. Elements of an Amerindian Landscape: the Arizona Hopi Patrick Perez Chapter 6. Thalloo my vea: Narrating the landscapes of life in the Isle of Man Sue Lewis Chapter 7. Cairns in the landscape. Migrant stones and migrant stories in Scotland and its diaspora Paul Basu Chapter 8. Folk liturgies and narratives of Ireland's holy wells Celeste Ray Chapter 9. How the land should be: Narrating progress on farms in Islay, Scotland Andrew Whitehouse Chapter 10. Visible relations and invisible realms: Speech, materiality and two Manggarai landscapes Catherine Allerton Chapter 11. The shape of the land Tim Ingold Bibliography Index