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Kawaiisu of South-Central California:
Creating a New Identity.



Abstract.

This research represents an introduction to the recent history and experiences of the Kawaiisu of south-central California. Using phenomenological concepts of identity construction and culture as strategy, this thesis traces over five generations of Kawaiisu individuals. It represents three different families, each telling in their own words about their life experiences.

Preceding research of Kawaiisu people has focused upon the vanishing material culture. In contrast, this research views traditional Kawaiisu culture as the basis of strategy for action which has facilitated Kawaiisu survival. Additionally, through their experiences, the socially constructed nature of identity and culture emerges.


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ANTHROPOLOGY

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