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  1. Laibon: An Anthropologist's Journey with Samburu Diviners in Kenya
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  2. Laibon: An Anthropologist's Journey with Samburu Diviners in Kenya

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Elliot Fratkin shares the story of his early anthropological fieldwork in Kenya in the 1970s. Using his fieldnotes and letters home to bring to life the voices of those he met, Fratkin invites the reader to experience his cross-cultural friendships with the enigmatic laibon (a diviner and healer of the Samburu and Maasai peoples) Lonyoki, his family, and the people of the nomadic community of Lukumai. Fratkin participated in the daily lives of the Ariaal livestock herders and accompanied the laibon as he performed divination and healing rituals throughout Marsabit and Samburu Districts. After Fratkin reunited Lonyoki with his son and wife, Lonyoki adopted Fratkin into his family, and Fratkin continues his close friendship with Lonyoki’s son Lembalen today.
Black-and-white photographs, a guide to the characters, words, and places, and a list of suggested readings supplement the engaging narrative. Laibon is more than a memoir; it delves into nitty-gritty details of fieldwork, speaks to larger questions about ethnographic research, and provides unparalleled insight into the world of the laibon.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Elliot Fratkin
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9780759120693
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
AltaMira Press
Manufacturer
AltaMira Press
NumberOfPages
202
PublicationDate
2011-10-16
Publisher
AltaMira Press
ReleaseDate
2011-10-16
Studio
AltaMira Press
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