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Soul HuntersHunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs$
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Rane Willerslev

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252165

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252165.001.0001

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Learning and Dreaming

Learning and Dreaming

(p.159) Chapter 8: Learning and Dreaming
Soul Hunters

Rane Willerslev

University of California Press

This chapter takes a look at hunters' storytelling, dreaming, and learning, arguing against theories of the “mental map,” which views storytelling as a medium for transmitting knowledge. It shows how Yukaghirs learn through nonverbal means, and how hunters' narratives serve as a tool for “humanizing” them when they return from the forest. The chapter also suggests the possibility that children could develop prototypical concepts of spirits through dream experiences.

Keywords:   storytelling, dreaming, learning, mental map, knowledge, nonverbal means, narratives, dream experiences

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