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The Play of TimeKodi Perspectives on Calendars, History, and Exchange$
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Janet Hoskins

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080034

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080034.001.0001

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The Past in Narrative

The Past in Narrative

The Creation of the Calendar

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The Play of Time

Janet Hoskins

University of California Press

The creation of the calendar at a consensus meeting of the ancestors provides the narrative frame that orients, to a certain extent, all Kodi storytelling about the past. All accounts of how crucial social institutions came into being are in some way related to the structure of the sea worm festivities and the divisions of the year. Knowledge of the calendar is focused on a few important ritual centers, invested in named religious officers, and seen as something of a “native science.” This chapter reconstructs that shared storyline through the presentation and analysis of seven different texts. Kodi thinking about the past is expressed not only in narratives, but also in exchange valuables, the architecture of villages and gardens, the names of places, and movement through the landscape.

Keywords:   creation, calendar, Kodi, sea worm, architecture, villages, gardens

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