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Laibon An Anthropologist's Journey with Samburu Diviners in Kenya

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ISBN-10: 0759120676

ISBN-13: 9780759120679

Edition: 2011

Authors: Elliot M. Fratkin

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Elliot Fratkin shares the story of his early anthropological fieldwork in Kenya in the 1970s. Using his fieldnotes and letters home to bring to life the voices of those he met, Fratkin invites the reader to experience his cross-cultural friendships with the enigmatic laibon (a diviner and healer of the Samburu and Maasai peoples) Lonyoki, his family, and the people of the nomadic community of Lukumai. Fratkin participated in the daily lives of the Ariaal livestock herders and accompanied the laibon as he performed divination and healing rituals throughout Marsabit and Samburu Districts. After Fratkin reunited Lonyoki with his son and wife, Lonyoki adopted Fratkin into his family, and Fratkin continues his close friendship with Lonyoki’s son Lembalen today. Black-and-white photographs, a guide to the characters, words, and places, and a list of suggested readings supplement the engaging narrative. Laibon is more than a memoir; it delves into nitty-gritty details of fieldwork, speaks to larger questions about ethnographic research, and provides unparalleled insight into the world of the laibon.
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Book details

List price: $90.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 9/29/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 202
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
"Where Are Your Dominic Stories?"
Different Voices
A Note on Language
Meeting the Laibon Lonyoki
A Journey North
The Laibon Extends an Invitation
Sour Milk and a Christian Dinner
Herding with Warriors
Living with Nomads
An Eclipse
Lonyoki's Request
I Am Adopted by the Laibon
Dancing with Warriors
Shivers, Fever, and Body Aches
The Dark Valley
A Hyena Attacks, a Lion Stalks
Sorcery in the Ndotos
Lonyoki's Divination and Healing
A Cursed Family
Thoughts about Divination
Ntasim for Lengidi
Thinking about Sorcery
A Meeting of Laibons
I Am Cursed
The Long Hunger
Shadows on the Land
Where to Move the Manyatta?
Lion and Ostrich's Children
A Trip to Mombasa
A Final Meeting of Laibons
Farewells
Epilogue: The Gourd Is Passed
Return to Lukumai
Marty and Leah Return
Sad News
Lembalen Becomes the Laibon
My Own Family Grows
The Gourd Is Passed
List of Characters, Words, and Places
Suggested Readings
Index
About the Author