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A lively and personal account of the shamanic practices, mythology, and arts of Turkic Siberia, illuminating Siberia's history and contemporary transformations
Singing Story, Healing Drum explores the shamanic practices, oral traditions, and music of the Turkic Republics of Tuva and Khakassia in south Siberia. Based on extensive field-work, it includes folktales, legends, and shamanic poems that illuminate spiritual traditions, as well as descriptions of rituals practised by the people of this region. Kira Van Deusen's travels and her acquaintance with scholars, shamans, and storytellers…mehr

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A lively and personal account of the shamanic practices, mythology, and arts of Turkic Siberia, illuminating Siberia's history and contemporary transformations

Singing Story, Healing Drum explores the shamanic practices, oral traditions, and music of the Turkic Republics of Tuva and Khakassia in south Siberia. Based on extensive field-work, it includes folktales, legends, and shamanic poems that illuminate spiritual traditions, as well as descriptions of rituals practised by the people of this region. Kira Van Deusen's travels and her acquaintance with scholars, shamans, and storytellers who have been active in reviving traditional culture give her a unique perspective that allows her to present views from inside and outside the culture.

Lively personal accounts are combined with scholarly research to show the importance of oral literature and music in connection with shamanism. Singing Story, Healing Drum helps the reader find a way through the often confusing phenomena of the "shamanic revival," both in Russia and abroad.

"In an impressive turn for her already notable oeuvre, Van Deusen takes that rare hybrid genre of careful scholarship and clear writing for a wide audience one step further. With moments of prose that could arrest the reader, her writing is consistently excellent, often poetic, and always clear. The stories clearly fold back on each other in ways that make the book's tales far more than the sum of their parts." Bruce Grant, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College [affiliation change in sept/03 to Department of Anthropology, New York University

"The stories in this book are truly captivating and the photographs of the land and of the people are equally striking." Jean-Guy A. Goulet, dean, Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University

"Van Deusen interweaves traditional academic scholarship with her own personal experiences, producing a work that is at once travel narrative, autobiography, history, and ethnology. She succeeds deftly in negotiating the various genres through which the narrative of shamans and storytellers moves. Hers is strong defense for the richness and validity of a way of life that privileges different kinds of knowledge and places value not on human domination but participation in the natural world. To the degree that we can ever step back completely from the cultures we study, this work succeeds in allowing those who tell their stories to speak for themselves. Van Deusen's book is endlessly fascinating, often moving, and a must read for anyone interested in cultures of Siberia." Adele Barker, Program in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies, University of Arizona