Read Chapter 1 and 2. “Quoting the Ancestors” and Stalking with Stories” in the book Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache by Keith Basso.
What is place-making? (Chapter 1)
With Charles Henry and Morely Comrwell as his guides and informants, Basso describes four Apache places-names or instances of place-making in Chapter 1. Each place tells about a different aspect of Apache culture (or history). Drawing from the narratives, discuss one aspect of culture that is taught to the listener through the recreation (or telling) of place-names (also place-worlds). For example , what information does “Water Lies With Mud In An Open Container” tell the visitor to that place? Be sure to illustrate tour answer with examples from the text.
Given the way in which Apache history and culture is transmitted or portrayed, why do the Apache of C’ibeque not like Anglo-American forms of history? (Chapter 1)
What is the role of historical narrative (or agodzaahi) in Apache culture? Support your explanation with a story or narrative from Chapter 2.
What do the Apache mean when they say “the land stalks people”? You may want to illustrate your answer with an example from the text (Chapter 2)
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