Thursday, March 24, 2011

Notes from Class Today (3.24.11)

Written Component of Project (Book)

Writers (deadline for all writers done= March 30,2011)
1. Answer each question of your section.
2. Writers: Gabrielle, Kristina, Rebecca, Kaitlyn, Caitlyn 
Photographers: Sarah/Rachel
Graphic Designer: Aliana
Master editor: Olivia

Friday, April 1 (all materials needed written on blog, comments on written posts for book)

Choreography done around week before (~April 3-April 9)

Written component 

A. Acknowledgements (Olivia → you translated the book, congrats!)

B. Ethnography: (Caitlyn/ Kristina)

1. Identification: Who are you? What is the name of your planet, your people? Setting - where is your location? Is it a city, a space ship, a forest on the planet?
  • Trade with ceramics, plants
  • Trade for metals and mirrors
  • Traditions, belief system, anthropological
    • Suggestion: We like light. We recognize the importance of the sun (animistic).
  • Ethereal being
  • Spiritual, evoke lightness
  • Gender roles, leadership (elder society)
  • Egalitarian, but age-graded
  • In the community, different jobs (dependent on age) (don’t have to use numerical ages if you don’t want to)
    • Young people: taking care of seeds, planting, tending the fields (apprentice)
  • Old people (i.e. retired folks): supervising, mentoring, teachers
    • Once you have grandchildren
  • Middle-aged (25+): travelers, doing trade, ceramic makers
    • Become this when you get married
  • Ceramic makers can have apprentice-ship (16-17)
    • Point where you know you’re getting married
  • Possible communal child-playing

2. Organization: What is the basic social organization? Who is the leader? What are the roles of men and women in this organization?
  • Age-grade, matriarchal
  • Egalitarian, each group has different parts

3. Economic

C. Context of the body art (Rebecca)

1. What is the event or the context of the body art you are showcasing? Is it the royal paraphernalia of the leadership caste? Is it costumes and insignia worn in rites of passage? Is it for an entertainment troupe? What does it mean?
  • Why do we wear the stuff we wear
  • Mirrors (older, more wealth)
  • Emulate sunlight
    • Everyday wear (fleshy, fresh, light colors)
    • Shimmery bronzer, gold, tanning

D. Art and performance (Kaitlyn) (any performance)
• Suggestion: think about moka (Poynor talked about different costumes and makeup. Then he said, “A special event that they wear this stuff is...”)

1. How is art used by your people? Address such things as dress for special occasions, make up, assemblage in context of such, performance art, etc.
  • Ceramics!
  • Metal-workers
  • mirrors: more means older, more wealth
  • males in charge of harvest ritual
    • more aggressive, more competitive
    • but it’s friendly competition (maybe the younger men have fun competing)
  • harvesting is boring as crap; this competition makes it more fun
    • reward: an awesome mirror, like the Heisman trophy! (only keep mirror for a year then give it to a new person)
  • Harmonic: rituals kind of boring, but it’s mixed with fun things
  • Dancers: young, unmarried women
  • Seed bomb makers: older women (i.e. married)

2. Meaning and symbolism: Do various aspects of dress and adornment have special meanings for your group?

E. This performance (Gabrielle)
1. Who is honored? Who are the players? How are they dressed? What is the intent of this performance?
  • How they wrap seed bombs
  • Process to make seed bombs (google search!)
  • Seed bombs really precious → giving away means a gift of hospitality
    • Subliminal show of wealth

2. Photographs of the performance and discussion in text as well as in captions. [will be completed at later date by Rachel and Sarah]

IV. Appendices as appropriate (individually done)

V. Index (individually done)
  • This may also be formated by the master editor.

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