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By Keith H. Basso

'The Whiteman' is among the strongest and pervasive symbols in modern American Indian cultures. snap shots of 'the Whiteman': linguistic play and cultural symbols one of the Western Apache investigates a posh kind of joking within which Apaches degree conscientiously crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans and, via those characterizations, provide audible voice and visual substance to their conceptions of this so much urgent of social 'problems'. Keith Basso's essay, in line with linguistic and ethnographic fabrics accrued in Cibecue, a Western Apache neighborhood, presents interpretations of chosen joking encounters to illustrate how Apaches pass approximately making experience of the behaviour of Anglo-Americans. This learn attracts on idea in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical version of human conversation built via Erving Goffman. even though the assumptions and premises that form those components of inquiry are held via a few to be rather disparate, this research exhibits them to be absolutely appropriate and at the same time complementary.

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