2016 Anthropology Colloquium Keeping the Road Open: Waiting, Migrating and the Domestication of Hope in Kyrgyzstan Thursday March 24, 2016 Green College Coach House 5:00 – 6:30 pm Dr. Madeleine Reeves Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester Abstract: This paper explores the relationship between waiting, leaving, house-building and hope […]
Join us for the the Green College speakers’ series: Worlds of Wonder: People Making Places Sacred. The first two talks feature scholars from UBC Anthropology: Michael Blake, and Stolo elder, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie. Click to read more about the series events.
For time immemorial, the Stó:lõ people have
understood the enduring connection between time, space, and the material/spiritual realms. Land, water, the heavens, and all living things are interconnected with names, histories and spirit. This talk explores and describes how this ancestral knowledge can be traced over thousands of years—connecting
buildings, monuments and locations still visible on the landscape with practices, place names and
histories that are taught to the Stó:lõ youth of today. The speakers discuss how Stó:lõ archaeological and historical research carried out during the past thirty years has helped bring some of these connections to light and how Stó:lõ communities are working to protect their tangible and intangible heritage under constant threat of erosion by the settler culture and practices.
“Something happens in the body.” These were the words of a monk who struggled to articulate how Gregorian chant has a visceral power to transform people. For centuries, monastic practitioners of silence and formalized, intentional sound have cultivated a capacity to expand the sensorial boundaries of the individual self to encompass others, both human and divine. With the musical assistance of the accomplished choir of Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of Rupert Lang, this talk will draw from five years of anthropological fieldwork in the silent environments of monasteries and non-monastic retreat houses to explore the role of chant, breath, and synchronous movement in manifesting an experiential collective body that transcends the limits of self and other in a state called “unitive being.”