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Working the Roots - Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing (Paperback): Michele Elizabeth Lee Working the Roots - Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing (Paperback)
Michele Elizabeth Lee
R718 R575 Discovery Miles 5 750 Save R143 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Pauli Murray - A Personal and Political Life (Hardcover): Troy R. Saxby Pauli Murray - A Personal and Political Life (Hardcover)
Troy R. Saxby
R919 Discovery Miles 9 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Rev. Dr. Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray (1910-1985) was a trailblazing social activist, writer, lawyer, civil rights organizer, and campaigner for gender rights. In the 1930s and 1940s, she was active in radical left-wing political groups and helped innovate nonviolent protest strategies against segregation that would become iconic in later decades, and in the 1960s, she cofounded the National Organization for Women (NOW). In addition, Murray became the first African American to receive a Yale law doctorate and the first black woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest. Yet, behind her great public successes, Murray battled many personal demons, including bouts of poor physical and mental health, conflicts over her gender and sexual identities, family traumas, and financial difficulties. In this intimate biography, Troy Saxby provides the most comprehensive account of Murray's inner life to date, revealing her struggles in poignant detail and deepening our understanding and admiration of her numerous achievements in the face of pronounced racism, homophobia, transphobia, and political persecution. Saxby interweaves the personal and the political, showing how the two are always entwined, to tell the life story of one of twentieth-century America's most fascinating and inspirational figures.

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz - The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller (Paperback): Jeremy Dronfield The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz - The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller (Paperback)
Jeremy Dronfield 2
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER DAILY MAIL & SUNDAY EXPRESS BOOKS OF THE YEAR The inspiring true story of a father and son's fight to stay together and survive the Holocaust, for anyone captivated by The Cut Out Girl and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. 'A powerful and often uncomfortable true story that deserves to be read and remembered. It beautifully captures the strength of the bond between a father and son' - Heather Morris, author of New York Times no. 1 bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz ___________ 'Everyone thinks, tomorrow it will be my turn. Daily, hourly, death is before our eyes . . .' Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann are father and son in an ordinary Austrian Jewish family when the Nazis come for them. Sent to Buchenwald concentration camp in 1939 they survive three years of murderous brutality. Then Gustav is ordered to Auschwitz. Fritz, desperate not to lose his beloved father, insists he must go too. And though he is told it means certain death, he won't back down. So it is that father and son together board a train bound for the most hellish place on Earth . . . This is the astonishing true story of horror, love and impossible survival. ___________ 'Extraordinary' Observer 'The story is both immersive and extraordinary. Deeply moving and brimming with humanity' Guardian 'An emotionally devastating story of courage - and survival' i Paper 'We should all read this shattering book about the Holocaust. An astonishing story of the unbreakable bond between a father and a son' Daily Mail 'A deeply humane account and a visceral depiction of everyday life in the camps. Could not be more timely and deserves the widest possible readership' Daily Express

Shifting - The Double Lives of Black Women in America (Paperback): Charisse Jones, Kumea Shorter-Gooden Shifting - The Double Lives of Black Women in America (Paperback)
Charisse Jones, Kumea Shorter-Gooden
R376 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel pressure to com-promise their true selves as they navigate America's racial and gender bigotry. Black women "shift" by altering the expectations they have for themselves or their outer appearance. They modify their speech. They shift "White" as they head to work in the morning and "Black" as they come back home each night. They shift inward, internalizing the searing pain of the negative stereotypes that they encounter daily. And sometimes they shift by fighting back.

With deeply moving interviews, poignantly revealed on each page, Shifting is a much-needed, clear, and comprehensive portrait of the reality of African American women's lives today.

Planting Gardens in Graves II (Paperback): R H Sin Planting Gardens in Graves II (Paperback)
R H Sin 1
R376 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R126 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the beloved author of Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel comes the second volume in his newest series. r.h. Sin continues his bestselling series with Planting Gardens in Graves II, another powerful collection of poetry that hones in on the themes dearest to his readers. This series celebrates connection, mourns heartbreak, and above all, empowers its readers to seek the love they deserve.

The Blood of Emmett Till (Paperback): Timothy B Tyson The Blood of Emmett Till (Paperback)
Timothy B Tyson
R309 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R106 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

* Longlisted for the National Book Award * Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017 * An Atlanta Journal-Constitution Best Southern Book of 2017 * This extraordinary New York Times bestseller reexamines a pivotal event of the civil rights movement-the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till-"and demands that we do the one vital thing we aren't often enough asked to do with history: learn from it" (The Atlantic). In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. Only weeks later, Rosa Parks thought about young Emmett as she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Five years later, Black students who called themselves "the Emmett Till generation" launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle for civil rights into a mass movement. Till's lynching became the most notorious hate crime in American history. But what actually happened to Emmett Till-not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part detective story, part political history, The Blood of Emmett Till "unfolds like a movie" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), drawing on a wealth of new evidence, including a shocking admission of Till's innocence from the woman in whose name he was killed. "Jolting and powerful" (The Washington Post), the book "provides fresh insight into the way race has informed and deformed our democratic institutions" (Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home) and "calls us to the cause of justice today" (Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP).

Mexico's Nobodies - The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women (Paperback): B. Christine Arce Mexico's Nobodies - The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women (Paperback)
B. Christine Arce
R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Long Shot - The Triumphs and Struggle of an NBA Freedom Fighter (Paperback): Hodges Craig, Rory Fanning Long Shot - The Triumphs and Struggle of an NBA Freedom Fighter (Paperback)
Hodges Craig, Rory Fanning
R443 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R83 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As a member of the 1992 world-champion Chicago Bulls, a dashiki-clad Hodges delivered a handwritten letter to President George H. W. Bush demanding that he do more to address racism and economic inequality. Hodges was also a vocal union activist, initiated a boycott against Nike, and spoke out forcefully against police brutality in the wake of the Rodney King beating. But his outspokenness cost him dearly. In the prime of his career, after ten NBA seasons, Hodges was blackballed from the NBA for using his platform as a professional athlete to stand up for justice. In this powerful, passionate, and captivating memoir, Hodges shares the stories-including encounters with Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, Jim Brown, R. Kelly, Michael Jordan, and others-from his lifelong fight for equality for African Americans.

It's Not About You--It's About God (Paperback): Rebecca Florence Osaigbovo It's Not About You--It's About God (Paperback)
Rebecca Florence Osaigbovo
R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It can hurt to hear someone tell it like it is. But sometimes you need to get the truth, straight up. And the truth is that it's not about you--it's about God. Maybe you have relied on your own strength for far too long. You haven't been able to count on other people, so you just do your own thing. But God has bigger plans for you. God wants to use you to change the world. Rebecca Osaigbovo, conference speaker and author of Chosen Vessels, shows how black women can stand up to Satan's lies and face tough problems, not in your own strength but by finding God's strength in the midst of your weaknesses. She says this to women who want to be the keys to change in their homes, churches and communities: "If you want things to be different, then stop going your own way and follow God's lead. Lean not on your own understanding, and he'll make your paths straight."

Nations Within - The Four Sovereign Tribes of Louisiana (Hardcover): Tim Mueller, Sarah Sue Goldsmith Nations Within - The Four Sovereign Tribes of Louisiana (Hardcover)
Tim Mueller, Sarah Sue Goldsmith
R987 R777 Discovery Miles 7 770 Save R210 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The land of Louisiana has nourished Native American people since 4000 b.c. Not often thought of as ""Indian country,"" this southern state has some of the oldest and best-preserved Indian burial sites in the world, as well as distinct native cultures that continue to flourish in the twenty-first century. Nations Within combines amazing photographs with the voices and perspectives of Native Americans to unveil the past and glimpse the future of the four federally recognized sovereign Indian tribes of Louisiana- the Chitimacha, Coushatta, Tunica-Biloxi, and Jena Band of Choctaw- showing how these particular groups have sustained their heritage and managed to thrive despite poverty, discrimination, and near extinction. The oldest, the Chitimacha, have resided along the Atchafalaya Basin for more than six thousand years and achieved federal recognition in 1919. This community has kept its identity through French and Spanish colonial governments, as Acadians flowed into the region, and even as mainstream white American culture seeped into its indigenous way of life and displaced its native tongue. The Tunica-Biloxi tribe, which began efforts to gain recognition in the 1930s and finally achieved that goal in 1981, can trace its roots back to the sixteenth century. Located near Marksville, this nation once considered renting its land for fifty dollars a month as a garbage dump but now owns a multimillion-dollar business that benefits the tribal members and has recovered a fascinating collection of artifacts attesting to its long history. The Coushatta began their journey from Georgia to Louisiana in the late eighteenth century, eventually settling along the southeastern reaches of the Red River. Attaining sovereign status in 1972, the tribe has maintained its basic social tie, the family unit or clan, and continues to practice traditions handed down for centuries, such as the ritual shaving of infants' hair, flute music, basket weaving, and Indian fry bread. The youngest of the nations is the Jena Band of Choctaw, which chose the Trout Creek area in central Louisiana as its home instead of continuing the trek with other Choctaw forced west along the Trail of Tears. Securing federal recognition only in 1995, the Jena Band focuses its efforts on paving its economic future, raising the educational level of the tribe, and improving health care options for members. This wonderfully conceived book follows some of Louisiana's many Indians through everyday life as they preserve their culture and prepare for the future within an increasingly complex world. Photographs and text together tell the uniqueness of each tribe and the shining strength of its people.

Race in the Schoolyard - Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities (Paperback): Amanda E. Lewis Race in the Schoolyard - Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities (Paperback)
Amanda E. Lewis
R822 Discovery Miles 8 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Could your kids be learning a fourth ""R"" at school: reading, writing, rithmatic, and race? Race in the Schoolyard takes us to a place most of us seldom get to see in action-our children's classrooms-and reveals the lessons about race that are communicated there, both implicitly and explicitly. The book examines how ideas about race and racial inequality take shape and are passed along from teacher to student and from student to student in the classroom and schoolyard. Amanda E. Lewis spent a year observing classes at three elementary schools-two multiracial urban and one white suburban-where she spent time with school personnel, teachers, parents, and students. While race of course, is not officially taught like multiplication and punctuation, she finds that it nonetheless insinuates itself into everyday life in schools. Lewis explains how the curriculum, both expressed and hidden, conveys many racial lessons, and the ways schools and school personnel serve as a location and means for interracial interaction, as well as a means of both affirming and challenging previous racial attitudes and understanding. While teachers and other school community members verbally deny the salience of race, she illustrates how it does influence the way they understand the world, interact with each other, and teach children.

Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901 - Operating by Any Means Necessary (Paperback, 1st ed): Michael E. Lomax Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901 - Operating by Any Means Necessary (Paperback, 1st ed)
Michael E. Lomax
R469 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An important and forgotten chapter in sports and African American history. Here is the first in-depth account of the birth of black baseball and its dramatic passage from grass-roots venture to commercial enterprise. In the late nineteenth century resourceful black businessmen founded ball teams that became the Negro Leagues. Racial bias aside, they faced vast odds, from the need to court white sponsors to negotiating ball parks. With no blacks in cities, they barnstormed small towns to attract fans, employing all manner of gimmickry to rouse attention. Drawing on major newspapers and obscure African-American journals, the author explores the diverse forces that shaped minority baseball. He looks unflinchingly at prejudice in amateur and pro circles and constant inadequate press coverage. He assesses the impact of urbanization, migration, and the rise of northern ghettoes, and he applauds those bold innovators who forged black baseball into a parallel club that appealed to whites yet nurtured a uniquely African American playing style. This was black baseball's finest hour: at once a source of great ethnic pride and a hardwon pathway for integration into the mainstream.

American Indians - Answers to Today's Questions (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Jack Utter American Indians - Answers to Today's Questions (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Jack Utter
R657 R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Who is an Indian? Who is a Native American?

What are Indian self-determination and sovereignty?

What defines an Indian tribe?

These and more than one hundred other questions are asked and answered in this critically acclaimed overview of Indian country. The second edition of Jack Utter's classic work covers the hottest issues facing American Indians today--tribal sovereignty, gaming, water rights, treaty rights, cultural rights, and the evolving history of federal Indian policy. Revised and updated with many new questions, eight new illustrations, historical and contemporary maps, three hundred new references, and informative tables, "American Indians" provides the best single source available today on a variety of Indian country issues, past and present.

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma - Resilience through Adversity (Hardcover): Stephen Warren The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma - Resilience through Adversity (Hardcover)
Stephen Warren
R1,039 Discovery Miles 10 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Non-Indians have amassed extensive records of Shawnee leaders dating back to the era between the French and Indian War and the War of 1812. But academia has largely ignored the stories of these leaders' descendants - including accounts from the Shawnees' own perspectives. The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma focuses on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century experiences of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, presenting a new brand of tribal history made possible by the emergence of tribal communities' own research centers and the resources afforded by the digital age. Offering various perspectives on the history of the Eastern Shawnees, this volume combines essays by leading and emerging scholars of Shawnee history with contributions by Eastern Shawnee citizens and interviews with tribal elders. Editor Stephen Warren introduces the collection, acknowledging that the questions and concerns of colonizers have dominated the themes of American Indian history for far too long. The essays that follow introduce readers to the story of the Eastern Shawnees and consider treaties with the U.S. government, laws impacting the tribe, and tribal leadership. They analyze the Eastern Shawnees' ways of telling the tribe's stories, detail Shawnee experiences of federal boarding schools, and recount stories of their chiefs. The book concludes with five tribal members' life histories, told in their own words. The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is the culmination of years of collaboration between tribal citizens and Native as well as non-Native scholars. Providing a fuller, more nuanced, and more complete portrayal of Native American historical experiences, this book serves as a resource for both future scholars and tribal members to reconstruct the Eastern Shawnee past and thereby better understand the present. This book was made possible through generous funding from the Administration for Native Americans.

Nightland - A Novel (Paperback, Red River books ed): Louis Owens Nightland - A Novel (Paperback, Red River books ed)
Louis Owens
R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the hot, dry New Mexico wilderness, Will and Billy, two half-Cherokee ranchers, discover a corpse and a suitcase containing nearly a million dollars. As the two friends contemplate what to do with the money, they set into motion a series of events that will cost them more than they want to pay.

"Volume 41 in the American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series"

Twenty-Two Years a Slave, Forty Years a Free Man (Paperback, 1st ed): Graham R. Hodges Twenty-Two Years a Slave, Forty Years a Free Man (Paperback, 1st ed)
Graham R. Hodges
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A detailed account of the extraordinary life of Austin Steward, a black man who lived in the early nineteenth century as both a slave and then later a free man. Originally published in 1861, Austin Steward's memoir has long been a staple source of first-hand evidence about activism against slavery and racism by freed blacks. Long out of print, the narrative is now available with additional biographical information and a critical introduction by historian Graham Hodges. The introduction affords an in-depth discussion of Steward's career - rising from enslavement to success as a self-made businessman in upstate New York and as leader of the ill-fated Wilberforce Colony in Ontario, Canada. Hodges also expands upon previous recognition of Steward's sizable role in free black activism in the antebellum northern states. Replete with images from Steward's life, this new edition of his classic narrative is stocked with details about the author's relationships with antislavery activists Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Nathaniel Paul, and Gerrit Smith. The book offers insight into the creation of African American community life in upstate New York and into the doomed black utopia of Wilberforce.

Goddess Blackwoman, the (Paperback): Akil Goddess Blackwoman, the (Paperback)
Akil
R306 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History of Negro Slavery in NY (Paperback, 1st paperback ed): Edgar J. McManus A History of Negro Slavery in NY (Paperback, 1st paperback ed)
Edgar J. McManus
R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Comprehensive account of slavery in New York State -- long thought to be a bastion of the antislavery movement -- from the importation of blacks in the seventeenth century until its abolition 1841.

Gifts of Pride and Love - Kiowa and Comanche Cradles (Paperback): Barbara Hail Gifts of Pride and Love - Kiowa and Comanche Cradles (Paperback)
Barbara Hail
R720 R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With such words, Kiowa and Comanche people express their deep connection to their traditional lattice cradles. Prevalent from 1870 to 1930, these cradles represented a unique, yet extremely practical, art form. These "gifts of pride and love" reflected close networks, which remained intact despite the difficult transition to reservation life, new religions, government boarding schools, and allotment of tribal lands.

This book, a beautiful homage to the artisans who crafted cradleboards, includes a history of the origins of lattice cradles as well as essays by eleven descendants of cradle makers. Forty color and over eighty black-and-white photographs vividly display the creativity and imagination found in these lovingly produced cradles. Reminding people of the Kiowas' and the Comanches' long, arduous struggles to create and maintain a viable identity, the cradles featured in this book connect us to the past.

Undercover Jihadi Bride - Inside Islamic State's Recruitment Networks (Paperback): Anna Erelle Undercover Jihadi Bride - Inside Islamic State's Recruitment Networks (Paperback)
Anna Erelle 1
R251 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R67 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Previously published as `In the Skin of a Jihadist' Twenty-year-old `Melodie', a recent convert to Islam, meets the leader of an ISIS brigade on Facebook. In 48 hours he has `fallen in love' with her, calls her every hour, urges her to marry him, join him in Syria in a life of paradise - and join his jihad. Anna Erelle is the undercover journalist behind `Melodie'. Created to investigate the powerful propaganda weapons of Islamic State, `Melodie' is soon sucked in by Bilel, right-hand man of the infamous Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. An Iraqi for whose capture the US government has promised $10 million, al-Baghdadi is described by Time Magazine as the most dangerous man in the world and by himself as the caliph of Islamic State. Bilel shows off his jeep, his guns, his expensive watch. He boasts about the people he has just killed. With Bilel impatient for his future wife, `Melodie' embarks on her highly dangerous mission, which - at its ultimate stage - will go very wrong ... Enticed into this lethal online world like hundreds of other young people, including many young British girls and boys, Erelle's harrowing and gripping investigation helps us to understand the true face of terrorism.

Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson - History, Memory and Civic Culture (Paperback): Jan Ellen Taylor, Peter S. Onuf Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson - History, Memory and Civic Culture (Paperback)
Jan Ellen Taylor, Peter S. Onuf
R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The publication of DNA test results showing that Thomas Jefferson was probably the father of one of his slave Sally Hemings's children has sparked a broad but often superficial debate. The editors of this volume have assembled some of the most distinguished American historians, including three Pulitzer Prize winners, and other experts on Jefferson, his times, race, and slavery. Their essays reflect the deeper questions the relationship between Hemings and Jefferson has raised about American history and national culture.

The DNA tests would not have been conducted had there not already been strong historical evidence for the possibility of a relationship. As historians from Winthrop D. Jordan to Annette Gordon-Reed have argued, much more is at stake in this liaison than the mere question of paternity: historians must ask themselves if they are prepared to accept the full implications of our complicated racial history, a history powerfully shaped by the institution of slavery and by sex across the color line.

How, for example, does it change our understanding of American history to place Thomas Jefferson in his social context as a plantation owner who fathered white and black families both? What happens when we shift our focus from Jefferson and his white family to Sally Hemings and her children? How do we understand interracial sexual relationships in the early republic and in our own time? Can a renewed exploration of the contradiction between Jefferson's life as a slaveholder and his libertarian views yield a clearer understanding of the great political principles he articulated so eloquently and that Americans cherish? Are there moral or political lessons to be learned from the lives of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings and the way that historians and the public have attempted to explain their liaison?

Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture promises an open-ended discussion on the living legacy of slavery and race relations in our national culture.

Haudenosaunee - Portraits of the Firekeepers, the Onondaga Nation (Hardcover, 1st ed): Toba Pato Tucker Haudenosaunee - Portraits of the Firekeepers, the Onondaga Nation (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Toba Pato Tucker
R979 R770 Discovery Miles 7 700 Save R209 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Toba Pato Tucker, who has photographed the Navajo and Zuni Indians of the Southwest, the Shinnecock and Montauk Indians on eastern Long Island and the Pueblo people of New Mexico and Arizona, now creates a record of the Onondaga, the Native people who have inhabited the hills of central New York for fifteen thousand years.

Using a simple black backdrop and available daylight, her portraits show the timeless, contemplative images that reify the spirit that has maintained the Onondaga for centuries. Of her work Tucker has said, "Native Americans are an ancient people striving to retain their traditional way of life and integrity while confronting modern society and the dominant culture. I want to record them, for history and for art, at the end of the twentieth century."

Unashamed - Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim (Paperback): Leah Vernon Unashamed - Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim (Paperback)
Leah Vernon
R384 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R70 (18%) Pre-order
Abraham's Heirs - Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Paperback, New): Leonard B. Glick Abraham's Heirs - Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Paperback, New)
Leonard B. Glick
R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

He demonstrates that Ashkenazic Jewish culture was profoundly shaped and conditioned by life in an overwhelmingly Christian society. Drawing on diverse Christian documents, he portrays Christian beliefs about medieval Jews and Judaism with a degree of detail seldom found in Jewish historics. Emphasizing social, political, and economic history, but also duscussing religious topics, Glick describes the evolution of a complex, inherently unequal relationship. Because the Ashkenazic Jews of medieval Europe were ancestral to almost the entire Jewish population of eastern Europe, their historical experience played a major role in the heritage of most Jewish Americans.

The Maya Calendar - A Book of Months, 400-2000 CE (Hardcover): Weldon Lamb The Maya Calendar - A Book of Months, 400-2000 CE (Hardcover)
Weldon Lamb
R1,313 Discovery Miles 13 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

By 1,800 years ago, speakers of proto-Ch'olan, the ancestor of three present-day Maya languages, had developed a calendar of eighteen twenty-day months plus a set of five days for a total of 365 days. This original Maya calendar, used extensively during the Classic period (200-900 CE), recorded in hieroglyphic inscriptions the dates of dynastic and cosmological importance. Over time, and especially after the Mayas' contact with Europeans, the month names that had originated with these inscriptions developed into fourteen distinct traditions, each connected to a different ethnic group. Today, the glyphs encompass 250 standard forms, variants, and alternates, with about 570 meanings among all the cognates, synonyms, and homonyms. In The Maya Calendar, Weldon Lamb collects, defines, and correlates the month names in every recorded Maya calendrical tradition from the first hieroglyphic inscriptions to the present - an undertaking critical to unlocking and understanding the iconography and cosmology of the ancient Maya world. Mining data from astronomy, ethnography, linguistics, and epigraphy, and working from early and modern dictionaries of the Maya languages, Lamb pieces together accurate definitions of the month names in order to compare them across time and tradition. His exhaustive process reveals unsuspected parallels. Three-fourths of the month names, he shows, still derive from those of the original hieroglyphic inscriptions. Lamb also traces the relationship between month names as cognates, synonyms, or homonyms, and then reconstructs each name's history of development, connecting the Maya month names in several calendars to ancient texts and archaeological finds. In this landmark study, Lamb's investigations afford new insight into the agricultural, astronomical, ritual, and even political motivations behind names and dates in the Maya calendar. A history of descent and diffusion, of unexpected connectedness and longevity, The Maya Calendar offers readers a deep understanding of a foundational aspect of Maya culture.

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