Spirits Of The Forest: Self-Government Through Polyphonic Singing

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Ingrid Lewis

Spirits Of The Forest: Self-Government Through Polyphonic Singing

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 18:45

Ingrid Lewis has spent many years with the Bayaka forest hunter-gatherers of the Congo Basin. In this emotionally powerful practical workshop, she will reveal what she has learned from these people about how to manage social conflict, create harmony and ensure mental and physical well-being, all through polyphonic singing. Everyone can do this. Previous singing experience not required!

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Australian Aboriginal Myths Of The Origins Of Fire
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

Across Australia, Aboriginal myths say that during the Dreamtime, women held fire in their vaginas, hiding their firesticks whenever a man approached. The myths go on to say that one day, a male hero stole fire from women and handed it over to men. In this workshop, a number of different versions of the myth will be analyzed using the techniques developed by the founder of structural anthropology, Claude Levi-Strauss. We will explore whether such myths help us to reconstruct changes in gender relations across Australia in the distant past.