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Arthur Kathryn Weedman. The Lives of Stone Tools: Crafting the Status, Skill, and Identity of Flintknappers

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Arthur Kathryn Weedman. The Lives of Stone Tools: Crafting the Status, Skill, and Identity of Flintknappers
University of Arizona Press, 2018. — 328 р. — ISBN 978-0816537136.
The Lives of Stone Tools gives voice to the Indigenous Gamo lithic practitioners of southern Ethiopia. For the Gamo, their stone tools are alive, and their work in flintknapping is interwoven with status, skill, and the life histories of their stone tools.
Anthropologist Kathryn Weedman Arthur offers insights from her more than twenty years working with the Gamo. She deftly addresses historical and present-day experiences and practices, privileging the Gamo’s perspectives. Providing a rich, detailed look into the world of lithic technology, Arthur urges us to follow her into a world that recognizes Indigenous theories of material culture as valid alternatives to academic theories. In so doing, she subverts long-held Western perspectives concerning gender, skill, and lifeless status of inorganic matter.
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