Department of Anthropology

David Delgado Shorter: Sexual Healing in Contemporary Tribal Ethnographies

Mon, January 30, 2012 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

"Sexual Healing in Contemporary Tribal Ethnographies"

A talk by Dr. David Delgado Shorter, Associate Professor of World Arts and Culture, UCLA

After completing his first book, We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performances, anthropologist and award-winning writer Dr. David Delgado Shorter was invited to live with a healer in a Yaqui village in Mexico to better understand the role of healing in the tribe. Shorter soon discovered that while some community members knew of this type of healing, called "moreake," as a type of power, others knew of it simply as a word meaning "gay."  Shorter pursued this conflict regarding how a word that once meant "healer" has come to mean "gay" among some groups within the tribe.  Such changes, Shorter argues, refract a myriad of dynamics inside the tribe: assimilation, religious and ethnic self-fashioning, and internalized colonization.  In this particular presentation, Shorter will also discuss the personal struggles of becoming an ethnographer of sexuality and discerning his own role as a participant observer.

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Sponsored by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program.

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